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By Croix Christenson, Meteorologist Posted 2 months ago December 9, 2023

Snowriver Sunday?

Summary

A larger and rather complex system is bringing rain and snow to the Midwest Saturday morning which eventually transitions to lake effect snow. Looking ahead to next week, things remain quiet, with no major snow storms expected, but we should see better snowmaking conditions to start the week.

Short Term Forecast

Saturday, Dec. 9 to Sunday, Dec. 17:

North Shore Lake Superior

Currently, radar has light snow west of the resorts open in this region on Saturday, but that will move east and bring snow showers at times with some light accumulations. As the snow exits, strong northwest winds will usher in much colder air allowing resorts to make snow into early next week. This should be a cold enough period where we see more terrain offerings by next weekend.

Sadly, still no major snow storms on the horizon and we likely see another warmup around next Thursday, which likely impacts snowmaking.  

South Shore Lake Superior

For the central and east half of the south shore Saturday will feature rain and drizzle before colder air arrives Saturday night bringing the return of lake effect snow. I am going to up the amounts for the Ironwood resorts, with 3-6" by Sunday afternoon. Sunday, other than the wind at times, would be a good day to visit Snowriver! 

The high terrain of the Keweenaw and the Huron Mountains are also in line to see 2-5" with less as you go east over to Searchmont. Northwest winds (which are not as favorable for Searchmont) and it taking longer for cold air to arrive will limit the amounts through Sunday at Searchmont. 

Forecast snowfall from a blend of models (darker blues highlight best odds of 2-6"):

Some more good news, colder temps will linger into next week, allowing for snowmaking to continue! The next chance of snow arrives around Tuesday, with Searchmont currently at the best odds of seeing some measurable snow. 

Twin Cities Region

I think we'll see most locations that are spinning the lifts on Saturday see some flakes fly with some light accumulations as some of the hi-res models suggest we'll see some stronger snow showers at times. Some rain could mix in initially before colder air arrives and change everything to snow. 

Here are the HRRR forecast precip types for Saturday: 

A blend of models forecast snow, with the patchy nature suggesting snow amounts will be varied (dusting to 1" or so) but most resorts should see some fresh snow: 

After Saturday, we return to a dry pattern, but Sunday and into next week should allow for better snowmaking conditions!

Central and Southern Wisconsin

Rain was falling early Saturday morning, with most of it north and east by midday, however, due to the mild conditions check ahead as some resorts have announced impacts to operations. 

Sunday will feature some colder air and light snow/snow showers at times, but no significant accumulation is expected. The good news is the colder air will allow resorts to make a snowmaking push into early next week before warmer temps arrive late in the week.  

Northern Lower Michigan

I do not see much change to the forecast, rain in the morning, with a few showers possible in the afternoon for most of the resorts in the region.

The mild temperatures the past few days have hurt the snowpack at resorts, here is a look at Boyne Mountain, with exposed grass and dirt showing up again:

Those rain showers change to snow overnight Saturday, with a dusting to an inch or two possible through Sunday as colder air allows for lake effect snow showers to get going. 

Favorable snowmaking conditions return late this weekend and into next week, which should allow resorts to regroup after the rain and mild temperatures the past few days. Looking into later next week a warming trend returns with no major snow storms on the horizon. 

Southern Lower Michigan

I do not see much change to the forecast, rain in the morning, with showers possible in the afternoon at times. If planning to hit the slopes this weekend, be sure to check ahead as there could be impacts to operations from rain and warm temps. 

Some colder air arrives for Sunday and into next week which should allow for some snowmaking before yet another warm-up begins late in the week. 

Extended Forecast

December 18 to 24:

  • Overall mild pattern continues is what most models suggest
  • Precip signal:
    • Drier than normal in lake effect snow belts due to warmer than normal temps
    • TBD for the rest of the Midwest, but trending drier than normal

The next forecast will be posted on Sunday - thanks for reading! 

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Latest Opening Dates by Region!

North Shore Lake Superior
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Loch Lomond

Closed: Chester Bowl, Bearskin

South Shore Lake Superior
Open: Marquette Mtn, Ski Brule, Searchmont, Snowriver

Closed: ABR, Whitecap, Ripley, Birkie, Powderhorn, Porkies, Bohemia, Pine Mtn

Twin Cities Region
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Closed: Coffee Mill, Mount Kato

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Closed: Paul Bunyan, Mt La Crosse, Mountain Top

Northern Lower Michigan
Open: Crystal Mtn, Nub's Nob, Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mtn, Caberfae, Treetops, Shanty Crk

Opening Dates: Otsego - Dec 26

Southern Lower Michigan
Open: Mt Holly, Pine Knob, Bittersweet, Alpine Valley (MI), Mt Brighton

Closed: Cannonsburg, Timber Ridge, Swiss Valley

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Croix Christenson

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Croix grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he developed his passion for the outdoors and snow. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his BS and MS in Atmospheric Science. When not working, you will find Croix exploring his Duluth, Minnesota backyard by skiing, mountain biking, fishing, surfing, hiking with his dog Doppler, or just about any activity that gets him outside.

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