Saturday 12-29-18

Dec 29, 2018

Greetings and welcome!

As expected the wraparound snow behind the storm did not amount to much more than a dusting.

We did end up with a couple of inches of really soggy snow out of the storm, and now that is in the process of freezing into an ice base. It should help us in the long run by filling in low spots and putting a layer of ice between us and the dirt.

Yesterday when I was in Lakewood and Townsend I saw that both the Paul Bunyan and Red Arrow clubs were out panning the trails before the big freeze set in. In some places it went really well, some places it did not. It is hard grooming runny mashed potatoes, but that is what they had to work with and they were out there doing their best.

Both of those clubs opened trails this morning at 8am, but conditions are poor or worse. There will be a lot of rough spots and no lube for slides or cooling, and it will all be very icy. It is open but I sure won’t be riding it.

The one small lake that I saw yesterday has the snow all saturated into slush that was freezing into a layer of ice on top of the existing ice. While it was white ice forming instead of the good clear stuff, at least it was smooth.

There is a storm possible for New Years, but I am not quite sure how that is going to go. There is a southern storm that will just clip the area from the south, and a clipper system from the north that will likely bring us 1-3 or 2-4. If those storms combine in time and move just a little north it could work out better for us. For now I am expecting the clipper snow and hoping for the best.

Behind that I am seeing a lot of arctic cold weather and not much for snow for at least a few days or a week. There are a couple of storms showing up on the GFS about 10 days out, but it seems like there always are.

That is news for today. Have a good weekend and thank you for visiting!
RJB