December 13, 2019 – 3:30 am update: Looks like a good weekend for snowmobiling in most of the Upper Peninsula. The trails benefited from cold temperatures this week and wide-spread moderate to heavy lake effect snow. There is a strong base in the Western U.P. and most of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Groomers have been out on the trails all week, grooming, removing fallen trees, and patching up wet spots. Expect some early-season challenges with wet areas and some fallen trees.
The base is also strong in most of the Eastern U.P. Groomers are still removing fallen trees and limbs, so watch out for obstacles on the trails. Expect the same early-season conditions with some wet areas still needing to freeze up. Check the Snow Depth Map to see where the snow is deepest.
Northern Lower Michigan picked up some snow this week in the snow belt areas. We haven’t had any reports of major grooming efforts yet. You can probably find some areas to ride on ungroomed trails with thin bases and forest roads.
The weather forecast for next week looks good for maintaining the base of snow with highs in the twenties, teen, and single digits. John Dee also has some moderate to heavy snow in the 5 – 10 day forecast. Here is the John Dee Forecast Graphic.
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