02/29/12 ~ 8:30 a.m. ~ Just sitting here waiting for the “storm” to move into our area…the weather guru’s expect 6 to 9″ or possibly more for our area – click this link to see the storms snow readings from spotters. The wind is just starting to kick up here but I’m seeing reports coming in from the west with “with 6.2 inches as of 515am at Daggett in Menominee County and a few reports of a foot of snow over northern Wisconsin” and “We have at least 8 ” here in Iron Mountain… and still coming down hard” according to a spotter. Several school systems have reported closures. I hope we really get hit this time… The local road commission snow totals for this season as of this morning is only 107″ with 7.6″ in November, 28.9″ in December, 51.4″ in January, and only 20″ in February. Today’s storm total will be measured tomorrow morning so it will be added to March. As for the Crazy 8’s, the trails were groomed last night and are in great shape. Oh, the re-route of #443 is being postponed for now.
02/29/12 ~ Winter storm warning in effect until 1 AM est Thursday
Today – Breezy…snow. Patchy blowing snow. Snow may be heavy at times from mid morning on. Snow accumulation of 6 to 9 inches. Highs around 31. East winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 100 percent.
Tonight – Patchy blowing snow in the evening. Snow showers and a slight chance of freezing drizzle in the evening…then a chance of snow showers and a slight chance of freezing drizzle overnight. Snow accumulation around an inch. Lows around 29. East winds 10 to 20 mph becoming northeast 5 to 15 mph overnight. Chance of precipitation 100 percent.
Alger – Luce – Southern Schoolcraft – Northern Schoolcraft – Including The Cities Of… Grand Marais… Munising… Newberry… Manistique… Seney
… Winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 7 AM This Morning To 1 AM EST Thursday…
* Snow Will Develop Across The Area This Morning… And Become
Moderate To Heavy Late This Morning Through Mid Afternoon. The
Snow Will Begin To Diminish Late This Afternoon.
* Storm Total Snowfall By Late This Evening Will Range From 6 To 9
Inches… With The Majority Of The Accumulation Occurring Late This
Morning Through Mid Afternoon.
* Gusty Winds Out Of The East May Produce Some Patchy Blowing
February 29, 2012 | Grand Marais Sno-Trails
02/27/12 ~ The trails are all in great condition, yep, I said great! No more ‘good’ conditions. I got a call from Pres. Mike late yesterday from the trail; first of all, he’s logged over 600 miles this past week on his sled from Munising to Tacquamenon Falls and said he found good riding most of the way. Trail #89 and 8 do get ‘tired’ by the end of the day but that’s to be expected with the amount of traffic we’ve seen on the weekends. This morning I woke to 2-3 inches of fresh snow here in town and it’s still snowing which will really help the trail into town. The map shows that the snowbelt got even more since yesterday morning putting that whole area in the 2 to 3 foot depth range. The NWS has us under an advisory but are cautious to say how much we might actually see out of the system coming in, looks like it might hit the lower UP with as much as 5 to 9′ depending on the track it takes.
As of last night, Pres. Mike said that there was close to 6′ of fresh snow out in the snowbelt area. He and Norm took the groomers out to set up the reroute for#443 around the logging operations. They ran into a couple snags of brush piles that still need to be cleared out before they can finish it. He also said it’s going to be a beautiful ride. This reroute will be a permanent change to #443 in hopes that we don’t have a conflict with logging operations in the future. There will be a short section of 200 to 300 feet of shared trail/roadway. The loggers also opened up about a 1/4 mile of #88 from M-77 going east on Camp Newton Road to access and haul out wood before load restrictions go on the roads.
While you are out there enjoying the trails you may be missing some awesome sites along the Lakeshore Trail #89. Aside from the overlook at the Log Slide, did you know there are new viewing areas where you can look out over the Big Lake? These are near the parking lot south of the Hurricane River Bridge. The National Park Service also opened the rest rooms there this winter! There are some really cool sites in the campgrounds off #89, too; like the foot bridge over the river, the mouth of the river, and many cool photo ops. Slow down and enjoy our National Lakeshore and all it has to offer in the winter!
Last Sunday, the 18th, a modular helmet was found on the hill headed out of town on M-77. The finder figured it must have been set on the trailer and rolled off going up the hill… To claim it, call Bayshore Market Gas Station 906-494-2581.
February 27, 2012 | Grand Marais Sno-Trails Uncategorized