Another snowstorm for the U.P.

April 22nd, 2013 at 2:32 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Advisory   Winter Storm Warnings are out for the Western U.P. and much of Minnesota for another 6-12″ of snow.  Here’s U.P. snow cover as of this morning (4/22):  45″ Hoist Basin, 38″ Atlantic Mine, 35″ Big Bay, 30″ Twin Lakes and at the Marquette Airport, 29″ ten miles south of Grand Marais and two miles ESE of Houghton, 13″ Ironwood and 8″ Sault Ste. Marie.  Snow from this system will move from N. Colorado across the Dakotas and through much of Central and Northern Minnesota.  Here’s more on the cold and snowy April in the U.P.    The snow depth at the Marquette airport yesterday of 32″ is by far the highest amount of snow they’ve ever had on this date.  Second place is 18 inches.  Season snowfall:  Grand Rapids 65.8″, Kalamazoo 67.3″,  Muskegon 98.6″, S. Ste. Marie 153.4″, Ontonagon 194.5″, Ironwood 198.4″, Munising 200.9″, Marquette 208.4″, Herman 263.7″, Twin Lakes 291.3″ (inc. 43.4″ in April).  Check out the webcam there at Twin Lakes.  Ski Brule, Mt. Bohemia (16″ in the last 72 hours and 304″ for the winter!) and Boyne Mt. (where they hope to have limited skiing on May 4th!) will be open this weekend.  They’ll have fresh, groomed snow.  Comment from U.P. skier on 4/20 at On The Snow:  April 20!!!!! I’m running out of words! perfect  day! was hitting walls of 3 to 4 feet of gitcheegumee perfection! WHOOOOOOBOY what a year!”  For many northern Michigan resorts, it was either the latest they’ve stayed open and/or the longest they’ve stayed open during any season.

26 Responses to “Another snowstorm for the U.P.”

  1. Dan says:

    The snow for our area is history, right? I thought, we were already done with the snow. Saturday I was out refereeing soccer and it snowed. The winds whipped at about 30 mph. As a matter of fact, when the soccer matches started there was about 1/4 inch of ice on the turf field. Time to warm up!

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      No, we still have a chance of seeing more snow this week yet and then hopefully it will be over until either late October or November.

    2. mr. negative says:


  2. mike says:

    good, extra money from skiers they werent expecting.

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Even though we have rain and snow in the forecast one has to say today is the best day of 2013 so far with a lot of sun and a rather warm temp in the mid 60′s (I now have 67° here) I am getting ready to go for a nice walk and enjoy this nice day.

    1. Jeff (Portland) says:


  4. Ray says:

    Happy anniversary, Bill!

  5. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Remember how badly we wanted it to snow in November?

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        If that means temps in the 70′s to near 80, I’ll take it.

      2. Bobby (Ada) says:

        Come on, that’s The Weather Channel… I’d put more faith in Punxsutawney Phil being right than those guys… and look how accurate he’s been ;) lol

  6. Dan says:

    Yes, they have done this before and it didn’t verify! I’ll take temps in the 70s! You have to make the best of it because its the only weather you got.
    I bet this also means a return to an early Winter, end of October or early Novemeber.

  7. Imthemom (just n holland) says:

    The barn swallows were in the barn this morning. They’re the last of our “summer” birds that come back. I hope this means warmer temps are here to stay.

  8. Michael (Berrien county) says:

    THAT’S IT!!!! I’ve officially made up my mind that I’m moving up there to the UP someday. 6-12, maybe 15 inches of more snow in late April. INCREDIBLE! I’m so beyond jealous.

  9. GB says:

    Bill your cold weather bias is getting old!

    1. INDY says:

      The last of the D. clan is going away like the cold days!!! YeeeHaaaa!! INDYY…

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      I’m just the messenger. Cold, rain and snow is the story of April.

  10. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Worldwide temp last 30 days…. -.072*C

    New normal.

  11. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Hey Bill! You stated on the news today that late this week into early next week will return to a more springlike pattern…. Does that mean leaves on the trees?

    1. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

      I hope so. Need some green around here.

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  13. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    I am sure the damage from this flood will be in the millions. Federal dollars more than likely will be needed. Also, I bet alot of the flood walls will need to be replace. I am wondering about the high-rise buildings along the river.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      My parents in Byron Center had their basement ruined last week. Because they don’t live in a flood plain, they got a call Friday from an insurance broker that said, now that it has been declared a catastrophe they are pretty much on their own. What a bunch of b.s.

  14. Marti B (Grandville area) says:

    That’s kind of normal for them isn’t it?

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

    If it wasn’t about a 6 or 7 hour drive to the U.P., the fact that we get 10mpg pulling the snowmobile trailer, and gas being as high as it is we would have driven up to the U.P. this weekend to snowmobile. If I could have it my way, I would have a cabin in the U.P. so I could go up there during the winter for snowmobiling, and live back down here in the summer…maybe someday!

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