Traverse City TripDecember 10th, 2012 at 1:11 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Pileated woodpeckers at bird feeder near Traverse City Sunday PM (picture from “Gordo” at upnorthlive.com). We left G.R. right after church and nursery hour and drove north on US 131. We first ran into a few flurries with dry roads and temperatures around 33 degrees. As we drove north, the snow got heavier and started to stick – first to the grass and then to the roads. Between Big Rapids and Cadillac the visibility was 1-2 miles in snow and the temperature fell to 29. We saw two slide-offs and one car that was upright, but had obviously rolled to get there. The hood was all dented in and the windows were broken out. Multiple cars had stopped to help at all 3 accident sites, but no emergency vehicles were there yet. It did not look like the road had been salted. There was at least an inch of snow on the road at this point. Cars got in big clumps, with one relatively slow driver leading and 20 others following behind, all too cautious to try passing the mob in the now well-obscured left lane. Up by Manton, there was about 2″ of new snow. When we got to Traverse City, they had about an inch and it was snowing steadily. We got gas for $3.29, much cheaper than the $3.46 on Alpine Ave.
We had Christmas with daughter 3, her husband and our two grandkids. Then we headed off to church for the kids Christmas program. It was a perfect evening for a Christmas program with the snow falling and lots of pretty lights. The grandkids had speaking parts and there was lots of good singing, from the toddlers up through the elementary grades. Daughter 3 and her husband directed part of the show. When you walked into the East Bay Church, you were not only greeted, but led to a fabulous dessert table with (big) slices of cheese cake, cookies, fruit. Holy calories it was good! The desserts were out before and after the program (and they never took a free will offering). “Whenever two or more are gathered in My Name…someone will serve dessert!” The couple in the pew in front of us recognized me. They had lived in Zeeland for a few years in the late ’90s, but moved north when they retired to be by their grandchildren. We went back to daughter 3′s home where she made spaghetti and peas and we left as the kids headed to bed. The ride home was a little better, the road had been salted and the snow changed to freezing drizzle south of Cadillac. However, there was enough salt on the road that it wasn’t a problem. We got home to Alpine Township to find the freezing drizzle had iced up the driveway and made the 3/4″ of snow left from Saturday AM real crunchy.
Snow totals from Sunday: 5″ Merritt (Missaukee Co.), 4″ Grayling, 3.5″ Lake City, 3″ Harrison (Clare Co.) and Dighton (Osceola Co.), 2″ Scottville (Mason Co.), 0.1″ Muskegon and just a trace in G.R. at the airport. I came home to find the Lions and Bears had both lost, and the Cardinals had REALLY lost. At midnight, the temperature was 42 at S. Haven, 32 at the Ford Airport and just 30 at my place in Alpine Twp.