Heavy Snow hits U.P.

March 11th, 2013 at 2:05 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

ice ridge lake superior  Ice Ridge by Lake Superior (pic. from MQT NWS).  Parts of the U.P. has been hit by heavy snowfall.  At the Marquette National Weather Office, they reports 12.9″ of new snow, with 37″ on the ground.  Hoist Basin had 11.3″ with 45″ of new snow on the ground now.  Munising has 38″ of snow on the ground and Herman checks in with 40″ on the ground.  Here’s the webcam from Twin Lakes – looks like they have a little over 3 feet on the ground.    Here’s more morning reports of snow cover:  24″ S. Ste Marie, 12″ Gaylord, 7″ Traverse City and Houghton Lake and 1″ at Muskegon and Hart.   The NWS reports that 34.5% of the Lower 48 states has a snow cover this Monday AM (3/11) with an average depth of 5.6″.  This ties for the greatest extent of snow cover on any March 11 going back thru the 10 years I have records for.   Also, an unusual late season snow storm hit northern Mexico.  Twenty-five municipalities were under a State of Emergency.      And..look what the GFS is forecasting for the evening of 3/19.  And…go here and look at the 192-hour European model!  The Euro. has a 1060 mb high pressure center over NW Hudson Bay.   The FIM has a decent storm, too – though more rain than snow for us and a chance of thunder.

105 Responses to “Heavy Snow hits U.P.”

  1. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Awesome picture!

  2. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    For those of you who want to take a peak at the conditions in the central UP here is a web cam for you to look at.


    The so called “downtown” cam is actually on the east side of town (believe it or not there a small downtown of about a block or two but its not on M 28.) IMO this is one of the better weather cams form the UP.

    1. SW Kent says:

      Very nice webcams…….does not look like 40 inches on the level to me though…..

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        I am thinking the same thing….It looks to me more like maybe 18″

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Now for the so called possible GFS snow event next week just remember the European model was calling for a major snowstorm for here just last week!!!!!
    so while there might or might not be a system on the 18/19 and even if there is one it may or not be when the model shows it now.

    1. fixxxer says:

      at this point i hope were done with major snow here.

      1. Nathan says:

        Looks like warm weather follows the storm though with some sunshine (subject to change!)

    2. The latest 12Z Euro has latched onto the Lakes cutter low, west of the mountains. Big change from the last 24 hours where it had it along the east coast. I think we all should be put on model flip flop watch for the next 3-5 days. Stay tuned….

    3. GunLakeDeb says:

      Well, Michigan IS getting hit by a major snowstorm today – it’s just not in the “Mitten” part. ;-)

  4. fixxxer says:

    gloom & doom continues…..

    1. Nathan says:

      Yes, I hate this time of year… Btw Bill, NWS mentions areas near and west of US-131 may see a few inches of snow Tuesday night!

      1. fixxxer says:

        Yeah this constant cloudiness is a downer.

        1. SW Kent says:

          I agree, March is just depressing most years.

    2. Jack says:

      Fix, U mean.. ” CRAPTASTIC”…… ;-)

      1. fixxxer says:

        that too.

  5. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    We are thinking about leaving for Kalkaska either Thursday or Friday and coming home over the weekend for some snowmobiling. I wish gas wasn’t so expensive, and the U.P. wasn’t so far away or else we’d be going to the U.P. for sure. We still have snow cover in our yard, and a few inches in the woods in front of my house. The fields are mainly bare however.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Oh yes and I will be up in that area either SNOWMOBILING or SKIING this weekend. They have plenty of SNOW on the ground and by this weekend they will have more fresh SNOW to play in! Interesting that I predicted they would have this fresh SNOW days ago!!

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      We have no snow except for a few anemic snowpiles :-( Gun Lake has a big corner of open water (near the dam, although I sure wouldn’t venture out on ANY ice) The ground is not frozen – so whatever snow falls will melt off quickly. If you want snow – you have to follow Rocky and chase it down!

  6. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Well, well, how could it be that my point forecast shows me getting 3.1 inches of SNOW between now and Wednesday? When I mentioned this a few days ago all of the warm weather nuts said that I was crazy! As usual the warm weather nuts are WRONG and I am 100% correct! When will they learn? Approx 4 weeks ago I told them to be prepared for a lot of COLD and SNOW for the next 6 weeks! Keep the COLD and SNOW rolling. I love it!!!

    1. Rumrunner says:

      You are calling for 3 inches of snow by wed?

  7. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The good news just keeps coming! Possible SNOWSTORM this weekend and next week! Bobby you may not be golfing until mid to late April, at this rate! ROCK n ROLL will never die baby!! Yaaaaa!!!

    1. paul says:

      Possible snowstorm in June July & augest right…

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        No winter will be winding down about the first week of April and then you guys can have your fun tracking sever weather! This will be about the time I switch from WINTER mode to golf mode!

        1. fixxxer says:

          Lol…you mean your personality will change?

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Just the facts fixxxer. Face reality!!

        3. fixxxer says:

          The reality that your an escapee from Pine rest?

  8. INDY says:

    Yeaa seeing below cold temps now to about April 13 or so not good if u don’t like cold temps and snow… Yaaaa winter keeps going and going going going going going and going….INDYY..

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Now are you are talking. At least there are still a few bloggers that realize WINTER is far from over! Keep it rolling!!

      1. michigan won says:

        You two make no sense at all. Rocky, you’ve yet to be right about much of anything… but if you throw the proverbial “you know what” up against the wall enough times, eventually somethings going to stick. In your case with winter, you better hope that happens quick. Your running out of time.

        1. fixxxer says:

          FYI rj does this for attention. Just like Jordan aka deb aka johnathan did. ; )

        2. Jack says:

          Speaking of ” Up Against the Wall”…. SPIN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcBOcwgb4OA. Lol… ;-)

        3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          I have been snowmobiling and skiing for the past 7 straight weeks! We had a slow start this winter however it is turning out to be a FANTASTIC WINTER and we have plenty more to come baby! Get used to it!

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        The RDB model has a 70% accuracy rate vs the NWS forecast of about 30%!!

        1. fixxxer says:

          The rocky dartboard right?

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          You are close – the ROCKFORD DART BOARD model!

  9. paul says:

    Winter is pretty much over guys.

    1. fixxxer says:

      HopefullY. March and April are usually crap too. I call them transition months.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Where have I heard that before?

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Oh lets see the warm weather nuts have been telling me this for about the last 3 to 4 weeks straight! What a joke!!

        1. michigan won says:

          50+ yesterday Rocky. Stop talking just to hear yourself.

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Just the facts. Face reality!

        3. michigan won says:

          That you talk just to hear yourself talk. Correct!

        4. fixxxer says:

          Lol @ Michigan

  10. Tyler (Escanaba) says:

    We had 3 to 4 inches of snow overnight in Escanaba. That puts us at about 58 or 59 inches for seasonal snowfall. Some of the snow we got though is starting to melt. Saturday we had freezing rain and heavy sleet then it changed to plain rain Sunday morning then back to heavy snow. Some freezing rain mixed in with the snow last night again. Still about a foot on the ground.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      looking at the web cams from Munising, MI it looks to me that maybe 5″ of new snow last night and today looks good. In town it looks like they may have around 15 to maybe 18″ of snow on the ground.



      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Looks GREAT!

  11. fixxxer says:

    The winds of change are a blowing.

    1. Mike (Mattawan) says:

      hopefully they start to blow a little stronger!

  12. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    If the CPC is right and that is always a big IF then it looks to be a little wet with equal chances of it being either average, above or below temp wise…….




    So look for maybe some rain and maybe some spring type of snows over the next two weeks or so.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      What someone else is saying we might see SNOW! How is this possible – I thought it was Spring and we were done with SNOW!

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        Michigan gets some snow in most springs…we may not be done with snow until earl April, While in norther Michigan and the UP they may have snow on the ground and in piles well into April….But even there it can warm up well into the 60′s or even 70′s and the snow will soon be all gone….it happens ever year…even in Alaska the snow melts…..

      2. fixxxer says:

        We’re not idiots rj. We know you LOVE snow. We also know here in west Michigan were not in the clear until may or so. As far as I’m concerned it wouldn’t shock me if we aren’t back to a normal pattern and temps. And for us, our average high temps for spring and summer usually suck.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Even though the wet spring snow isn’t fun – at least we aren’t getting the super-warm weather that caused everything to bloom WAY too early last year.

      1. fixxxer says:

        I’d be ok with 70s or 80s in April.

      2. Good news for our farmers, fruit trees, and the maple syrup industry (all hit hard last year).

  13. INDY says:

    Keep up the good work Rocky ….Michigan one don’t no how to spell the word weather…Jack how about a cue for I don’t think Michigan one is real….Thee INDYY….

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      ROCK n ROLL will never forget baby!!

    2. Jack says:

      Indy, Michigan won (lost), is Strange 4 Sure !!!! CUE: vimeo.com/17239511 ;-)

    3. Rumrunner says:

      LOL! You should hardly talk of such things. Spelling, I mean.

  14. Mike Geukes says:

    Rocky if you love snow so much, why not move to Northern Michigan or the Upper Peninsula or better yet Alaska.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Good question and the answer is – I plan to consider moving when I retire. That will be a few years down the road. I am thinking above a move up to NW lower MI. At this point in time I am thinking about the TC/Boyne Mt area!! At least they get good lake effect SNOW and their SNOW season starts sooner and last longer! I usually spend a lot of time driving up there every winter anyway! Then the drive to the UP will be a lot shorter also!! I can hardly wait!!

      1. Sparty says:

        Wait when you retire?? I thought you were 12 years old by your posts….and I’m dead serious.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Thanks for playing! Stop by anytime!

        2. Rumrunner says:

          Hahahahahaha! Thats awesome. I figured he was still in high school. Still, probably right about that looking at the childish way you deal with anyone that has an opposing view.

    2. fixxxer says:

      I thought you loved snow too now mike?

      1. Mike Geukes says:

        I lost my interest in snow. It is a pain in the rear end to walk with a walker and my prosthetic leg. Seeing snow on the ground for weeks and cloudy weather makes me depressed.

  15. INDY says:

    Bill back to winter getting a little mix right now out at thee YARDofBRICKS….Last year we had 80′s this coming week’nd with Michigan in a stormy pattern no 80′s this March maybe the end of May….INDYY..

  16. Dan says:

    As I posted a few days ago, I’m still hoping for one more big snow dump BEFORE Winter is over. It could happen within the next week or two!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Count on it Dan! WINTER is still in full swing. Get ready GR – accumulating SNOW is on the way and it is obvious to most people that we are entrenched in a COLD and SNOWY pattern! Keep it rocking and rolling!!

  17. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    We don’t have a lot of snow left, but we definitely have more than anywhere else around here. This pic is looking from my driveway towards a field on the east side of the house.


  18. BIG FOOT says:

    I see a lot of Fixxxers toys are playing tag on Bills blog tonight!!! Some of the snow is gone from the warm temps.

    1. fixxxer says:

      If your implying i have multiple names on here you fail.

  19. Nathan says:

    Overall the snowy pattern is over, with just imbedded cold days here and there. Maybe a few inches of snow the next few days, but that’s all I see until the storm next week

  20. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    We still have over 6 inches of snow in many yards around here. Sure there are bare places, especially in large open areas and along the major roads….but go into neighborhoods and off the main roads and there is still quite the snowpack and huge snow piles everywhere.

  21. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I still have 3 to 4 inches of SNOW on the ground. The good news – more is on the way and I will be snowmobiling again this weekend! This will be 8 weekends in a row!!

  22. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Here in Walker most but not all the snow is now gone…..there are still large snow piles that will take a while to melt (they always do)……and the spring flowers like ever year are now starting their spring growth…..that all said do not be too surprised if we get a few more snow events yet this spring!!!!We still only have recorded a trace of snow here in GR this March!!!its 36° here with a light mist in the air…..

  23. Brian(Grandville) says:

    I saw my car thermometer got up to 52, a little after noon today. It didn’t feel to bad, even had the window down for a while. I’m ready for spring.

  24. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I’m loving the forecast for the next two to three days! COLD and SNOW people. Temps in the low to mid 30′s, breezy, on and off light SNOW and my point forecast shows 3 inches of SNOW! Absolutely FANTASTIC March weather. Keep it coming!!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      I think i speak for everyone when i tell you to please SHUT UP already. You make indy, and all of jordans personailites saints.

      1. Nathan says:

        Rocky you can post your comments but please use FACTS to support them!

  25. Rodey (Rockford) says:

    Fantastic. The long range is trending warmer with absolutely no snow. I love it. Keep it coming. Spring is here. Get used to it. thanks for listening etc etc etc !!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Nathan says:


    1. Nathan says:

      I’m changing my picture :)

      1. bnoppe(Albion) says:

        You have to tell me how to do that?
        I thought we couldn’t use pics

  27. Brad says:

    “We certainly won’t be seeing 80 degrees like last March. If the GFS is right, we may have a tough time getting past 50 for mid-month.”

    We surpassed 50F and SE Mich nearly hit 70F on Sunday. FAIL!

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Really, almost 70 yesterday. What was the location. I don’t know if I hit 50 yesterday, but I did today.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        Grandville barely got to 50…barely.

    2. So you are saying GFS failed? Please be clear on who you are judging here? And do you have any clue on why SE MI got warmer then the west side of the state?

    3. Bill Steffen says:

      The highest in SE Michigan was 66 at Ypsilanti…low 60s were more common. It stayed in the 40s north of a line from Holland to downtown G.R. to St. Johns.

  28. BJ says:

    If you live in Michigan then the weather we are experiencing now should be no surprise. Just normal Michigan weather. I like when Spring is drawn out and it slowly warms up. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons because of all the weather changes. I can hardly wait for the leaves to return on the trees! And to see the Spring flowers in the woods. But I am also enjoying the cool air outside now. I hope the weather is good to the farmers this year. I spoke to the farmer last year who sells me peaches and apples and his entire crops were ruined last year. I also went last year to pick raspberries and we had the really hot days there and the bushes were loaded with raspberries but they all dried up and were ruined. It was really sad.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I took a hay ride out at Robinets orchard last fall, and talked to a few employes, who said, not only local, but state wide apple orchard yields were next to nothing. No wonder the price of fruit at the grocery stores. Hope to see a much better season for the crop growers this year.

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        It wasn’t just Michigan. It was most orchards east of the Rockies. While Washington State (the biggest apple producing state) was a little cooler than average, they had a decent crop and with a high price, they had a good year. Check this out: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443294904578046661503934852.html

  29. mr. negative says:

    March…overcast, cold, damp…with snow. Flurries and cold through April. Old fashioned “normal”, and quite routine.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      It takes a lot for some to have a positive attitude in those conditions, for several months in a row.

      1. fixxxer says:

        I think it’s been way more than several months of this.

  30. Tonka says:

    Who else is an ipad app user of Woodtv? Doesn’t it seem like the app gets crappier and crappier? Who tests these things? No one? Jus throw it out there and let it flounder? With as big of a following as this station has, you would think someone would say ” hey I don’t think this Internet or one of its more popular devices are going away anytime soon, how we doing on that front?” Who even makes this app? It’s so frustrating its driving me away. Anyone else have glitchy lag non loading issues?

    1. The updated iPhone version sure seems better than before..

    2. Bruiseviolet says:

      As was posted awhile… after the new look update.. it is sloooooow on Android devices as well. Sometimes the app lags so bsd I just close it because it wont load past the splash screen. :(

  31. Skot says:

    A die hard snowmobiler today told me “Winters over, it may not look like, but its over”

  32. INDY says:

    Any time now Travis will be saying warm temps for Michigan are coming like he has for 2 months now way wrong ! !! Facts temps are still below normal and it’s snowing outside again…..I agree with Rocky and Bill we have 2 more snow storms coming…Love the fresh snow on the ground it’s pretty for mid March…STAY TUNED INDYY….

    1. michigan won says:

      Hey INDYY,
      Quick note about your comment towards the middle of this thread….
      While it’s entirely possible and probable that I misspelled a word, or for that matter, many words… I think your probably the last person I’ll look to for spelling and grammer advise. To quote you.. Hey Rocky, Michigan One “DON’T” know how to spell weather. Try “doesn’t” next time. Just saying..

      1. Rumrunner says:

        Dude, you can’t argue with him. He drags you down to neanderthal levels and just beats you with experience. He lost all credibility when it was revealed he posts under countless names just to make it appear that he has friends. It’s sad.

        Rocky will come around in a few days or so. I think he predicted he’d have 3.1 inches by Wednesday. I’m pretty sure they are looking at a dusting around here.

  33. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Actually, both Detroit and Flint are now above average in the temp department for the first 11 days of March. Glad you asked ;)

  34. Kanjeme says:

    With March staying cold maybe we will have lots of apples in the Fall.
    Also, daughter at NMU at Marquette, LOVES the UP with all the snow, it
    is beautiful up there.

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