Great Weekend for Winter Sports

What a great weekend for winter sports.  Lots of fresh power snow, cool (but not really cold) temperatures and fairly light winds.  The top pic. is the skiers and boarders out at Bittersweet Ski Area.

  Same story here at Cannonsburg Ski Area.   Here’s the latest Michigan ski conditions.

This is Rosa Park Circle’s Skating Rink in downtown G.R. ready for afternoon skaters…the rink will be open until 9:45 pm tonight and from noon to 8:45 pm on Sunday.  Skating for kids is free during the Olympics!  Downtown has heated sidewalks, so it’s easy to walk around.  In the evening you can see all the pretty lights and take a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Here’s the Mac. Bridge around the noon hour today.  Note the blue sky.  Ice continues to accumulate at a relatively rapid rate on the Great Lakes.  As the lakes ice up, it minimizes the “lake-effect” – less snow and less cloud cover.  Low temps. this AM included +1 at Mackinac Island, -5 at St. James on Beaver Is., -7 on Drummond Is. and +1 at Copper Harbor and Houghton.  The coldest spots in the U.P. this AM were at Doe Lake and Spincich Lake, where the thermometer dipped to -23.

Here’s Michigan snow cover this (Sat.) AM – note where the heaviest snow fell Friday across N. Illinois, N Indiana and S. Michigan.  Here’s how much snow is on the ground Sat. AM:  3″ E. Tawas, Luzerne and Glennie, 4″ Alpena and Detour Village, 5″ Houghton Lake, Harrisville, Standish and Green Gardens, 6″ Big Rapids, St. Ignace and Moran, 7″ Scottville, 8″ Grand Rapids, Fife Lake, Gladwin and Chicago (O’Hare), 9″ Fremont, East.G.R., Hastings, Grand Ledge, Marquette (city) and Saginaw, 10″ Lansing, Grandville, Hopkins, Gaylord, Beulah and Manistique, 11″ Muskegon, Eaton Rapids, Traverse City and Stambaugh, 12″ kalamazoo, Bloomingdale, Champion, Mt. Clemens, 13″ Flint, Ann Arbor and Cooks, 14″ Rapid River and Detroit, 15″ Ontonagon, Garden Corners, Saline and South Bend, 16″Gladstone and Michigamme, 17″ Benzonia, 18″ S. Ste. Marie and Paulding, 19″ E. Jordan (most in Lower Michigan), Marquette (airport) and Jacobsville, 20″ Ironwood, 22″ Watersmeet, 23″ Herman, 28″ Calumet, 29″ Munising, 36″ Atlantic Mine and Grand Marais, 39″ Painesdale.

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