WOOD- After building snow for the last three weeks a four day thaw took a massive bite out of snowpack. Highs on Thursday were warm enough to claim new record highs in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Grand Rapids the high temperature was 58°! Now the Arctic air is back and with it some frigid highs and wind chills in the single digits.
Arctic air will help bring a bit of fresh snowpack to Michigan this weekend, but not much. Most areas will see about an inch of new snow with 2-4″ expected near Coldwater to Lansing. Temperatures this weekend will be cold enough for ski resorts to make snow. Highs must be at 29° or colder for the snow guns to work and forecast highs this weekend will be much below that.
This minimal amount of snow won’t do much for our snowpack. Friday morning snowpack levels were dismally low at many stations that were stacked last weekend.
The extended outlook shows another warming trend towards the end of January. There is a better than average chance our highs and lows will land on the warm side, which could limit our snow potential.
Longer-range forecasts expect a return to cooler than average temperatures to make a return into February.