Monday January 31, 2011

Greetings and welcome!

It was a good weekend for snowmobilers in the area. The trails were nice and there were comfortable temperatures. Saturday brought that light winter wonderland snow that I like so much.

There were a lot of snowmobilers out, and quite a few of you stopped in at the Rapids Resort. Thank you all very much for your support!

Several of you made donations, and again thank you very much. I will be hitting the trails this week and that will help a lot. Thanks!

We were pretty busy for a while and I am sure that I missed a few groups that should have had pictures. My apologies. If I don’t ask you, please ask me. I am always glad to do it. There are some pictures below.


The last two are from Sunday. One is my unplowed driveway, one is the trail by the Silver Cliff BP.

A lot of people over the weekend asked about the storms for this week. We are looking at two very different systems. The first one is expected to bring 1-3 around here and for much of the region.

The second storm is a classic storm out of the southwest coming up from the Texas Panhandle. It looks like the storm will be mostly for the state line region and points south. Northern IL and IN, the southern part of the Lower UP,  and Northern OH will want to be getting ready for this one.

There is ample moisture for the storm to work with and a significant pressure gradient. A lot of areas could see a foot of snow or more and winds of 50mph are possible according to the TV.

It looks like a peach of a storm. Unfortunately for us, it looks like we will be watching from the cheap seats. Panhandle storms that come this way are usually deflected north by blocking high pressure over the Eastern US. Since we don’t have much of that, the storm is expected to take a more eastern path across the central Midwest.

Right now it looks like we could see 1-3 from the early snow and about that from the second storm. The bigger storm is expected to hit mostly from about Sheboygan south with the likelihood that there will be some lake effect snow along the western shore of Lake Michigan.

It isn’t that much of a reach to see it moving four or five counties north and hitting us to some extent, but at the moment I don’t see a mechanism for that.

It isn’t the end of the world. We have decent trails now. There is ongoing light snow expected for early and mid-week, and there is a clipper possible for over the weekend. With no big thaws in sight and more snow likely, the prospects for next weekend are good.

I am definitely planning some trail time this week, and I will bring the camera.

Thank you to all of the people that came to Rapids this weekend, and thank you to those that gave me donations. You are greatly appreciated.

Have a good Monday and thank you for visiting!