Midwest Daily Snow

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By Croix Christenson, Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago February 28, 2024

70s to Below Zero and Snow

Summary

Yup, some areas of the Midwest soared into the 70s on Tuesday with thunderstorms while others saw snow Tuesday night. Snow will continue in the lake effect belts on Wednesday before a warming trend kicks off for Thursday and Friday.

Short Term Forecast

General Observations:

  • We will continue to see announcements over the next week or so of resorts closing for the season due to warm temps and rain at times
  • Impacts on operations are occurring due to warm temps/rain and flash freeze

Snow Chances Wednesday, Feb. 28 to Sunday, March 3

North Shore Lake Superior

  • Wednesday will be cold (highs in the single digits and teens) and windy
  • Thursday will be the start of a warming trend that continues into the upcoming weekend
  • The next notable precip chances arrive late this weekend into early next week

South Shore Lake Superior

Based on webcams, there should be fresh snow at most if not all of the UP resorts on Wednesday with lake effect snow continuing during the day. To the east, webcams near Searchmont show moderate to heavy snow falling as well, with soft turns likely today with the upside of powder turns. 

Here is a look at the fresh snow at Snowriver waiting for first chair:

Lake effect snow will linger Wednesday night, with a little bit more snow possible for resorts that get lucky with the lake effect lottery game. 

The warming trend into the weekend remains on track, with the next notable precip chances arriving either late this weekend or early next week. 

Twin Cities Region

  • One cold day on Wednesday with highs in the teens and 20s
  • 40s to 60s likely Thursday to Sunday
  • System worth monitoring that could arrive as early as Sunday

Central and Southern Wisconsin

There are lots of resorts either closed or with delayed starts Wednesday so be sure to check ahead if headed to the slopes. Based on webcams, many resorts are making snow or will be making snow to refresh the slopes after temps soared into the 60s and 70s on Tuesday. 

Some snow fell Tuesday night, but not enough for a powder day, sadly. 

  • Wednesday will remain colder and windy 
  • Warm - 40s to 60s - likely Thursday to Sunday for much of the region
  • The next chance of widespread precip likely does not arrive until late this weekend or early next  week

Northern Lower Michigan

Snow reports:

  • Crystal Mtn: 1"
  • Nub's Nob: 1"

While the snow reports may seem underwhelming, most of the webcams in the region currently show snow early Wednesday morning with it likely to continue during the day on Wednesday. We'll see the snow transition to lake effect snow later in the day Wednesday with some continuing into Wednesday night. I think the forecast of 2-6" for the region remains on track, with some upside for more depending on who wins the lake effect lottery game. 

Forecast precip types from the HRRR model for Wednesday:

The snow under the fresh snow will be variable as an area of rain moved through Tuesday night, but the colder temps should firm things up during the day. Some resorts have altered their hours to make a strong snowmaking push, so be sure to check ahead. 

The warming trend remains on track to arrive later this week when 50s and 60s are likely. 

Southern Lower Michigan

There are lots of resorts either closed or with delayed starts Wednesday so be sure to check ahead if headed to the slopes. We'll see some snow showers on Wednesday with temperatures feeling more like winter - falling into the 20s by afternoon. 

  • Thursday: Highs in the 30s and 40s
  • Friday-Sunday: 40s to 60s for highs 
  • The next chance of widespread precip likely does not arrive until early next week

Extended Forecast

Monday, March 4 to Sunday, March 10

  • Models lean mild overall, with a few cooler days possible
    • Confidence: Medium
  • Models have not budged we likely see a larger, complex system starting around the 3rd
  • Hints of one or more systems from the 7th to the 10th as well
    • Confidence: Medium

Fantasy Land: Monday, March 11 to Sunday, March 17

  • Shocking! Models lean slightly warmer than normal
    • Confidence: Low
  • Toss up if we see an active or a quiet week
    • Confidence: Low

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

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About Our Forecaster

Croix Christenson

Meteorologist

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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