After a brief warmup on Friday, a strong cold front moved through the Midwest bringing rain and snow Friday night into Saturday morning. Lake effect snow showers will continue on Saturday for portions of the UP and lower Michigan.
Short Term Forecast
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Estimated and Reported Snowfall:
A strong cold front brought a quick burst of snow to many areas in the Midwest, with 1-3 inches reported or estimated in the past 24 hours.
Mount Kato reported 7 inches but I believe that is their report from the last few days which includes the snow from earlier this week.
Saturday and Sunday:
Saturday will bring windy conditions, especially in the morning hours and portions of the UP and lower Michigan. Highs on Saturday will range from the teens in northern Minnesota to 20s in lower Wisconsin and portions of lower Michigan.
With the fresh 1-3 inches that fell for many locations, conditions should be in pretty good shape for much of Minnesota. It might be a little icy to start in Wisconsin and lower Michigan with how mild it was on Friday.
Lake effect snow showers will continue off of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, with a dusting to a couple of inches expected. The webcams in the UP still show lake effect snow showers hitting locations like ABR and Snowriver on Saturday morning.
Saturday night, lake effect snow will continue up in the Keweenaw Peninsula with total snow amounts from Saturday into Sunday in the 2-5 inch range.
Temperatures on Sunday will rebound with highs in the 20s and 30s for most of the Midwest. It is possible the conditions would be better on Sunday for portions of Wisconsin and lower Michigan as the grooming staff will be given the chance to work over the melt-freeze that occurred on Friday a bit more.
The models still have a quick-moving system on Monday, December 5th but it appears starved for moisture so I'm only expecting a dusting to an inch or two from northern Wisconsin into the UP and over into northern portions of lower Michigan.
Another system, with a little more moisture is poised to pay us a visit late Tuesday, December 6 into Wednesday, December 7, again amounts look to be in the 1-3 inch range at this time.
On Sunday, I will have a full look at the month of December temperature outlook and what to expect for later next week into the weekend.
The upcoming 4-6 days still look very favorable for widespread snowmaking so I expect more resorts to approach or hit 100% open by next weekend! I'll do a comparison of today, Saturday, December 3 vs Saturday, December 10 to see the progress in a week.
This map shows the data that has been reported by resorts in our area - if it says CLD the resort is still closed or has not updated its data. For example, Giants Ridge is open this weekend but has not updated how much terrain they have open.