Asking for more snow and cold?
Although the forecast is calling for more snow, the big event took place Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Alpena received 4.3 inches of snow Saturday and around 1.3 inches by 1 p.m. Sunday, said Meterologist Mike Boguth of the Gaylord office. But later snow squalls made conditions look worse, and motorists generally stayed home.
Today’s forecast calls for a little snow this afternoon, and 2 inches tonight, as a weak clipper system passes through from Canada. The rest of the week, it will be snowing on and off, Boguth said.
Alpena’s snow total so far this year is 13 inches, compared to 7.5 inches for the same period last year, he said.
“It’s just been a colder and more active start to winter so far,” Boguth said.
There is some good news, though. After last week’s bitter cold, temperatures will continue to warm up, reaching around freezing by Thursday and Friday, Boguth said.
Although cable channels and online services were predicting a major snow storm from Kansas City east through Detroit, Alpena’s wintry weather was mainly lake effect snow from Lake Michigan, Boguth said. While Detroit got 12 inches, Alpena was spared.
Elsewhere in the region, Alcona County probably had an inch or more of snow, he said.
Around Hubbard Lake, some observers said snowfall totalled more than10 inches.
Ten miles east, Robert Barbato was removing at least 8 inches from his driveway off U.S. 23 near Chippewa Point.
Ossineke received 2 to 4 inches of snow Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday an observer reported an additional 2.5 inches, Boguth said.
Rogers City received 4 inches Saturday and 4 inches by noon Sunday, he said. Atlanta and Hillman received 1 to 3 inches Sunday, based on radar estimates. Some areas may have received more.
According to law enforcement, slick conditions were reported along parts of U.S. 23, M-32 and Long Rapids Road. The Michigan State Police in Gaylord reported that I-75 was closed about 90 minutes Sunday afternoon along a nine-mile stretch from Exit 279 south to Exit 270, because of icy conditions.
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