Tuesday January 17th, 2012

Greetings and welcome!

The snow that came today didn’t last long. I am seeing light snow maybe on the order of 1/8″ in my yard.

We have more snow chances this week. The clipper for Wednesday could bring 1-3 or 2-4 along with sub-zero low temperatures and single digit highs behind it.  Friday brings a chance of light snow. The rain for the weekend is nowhere to be seen, but Sunday is showing a 2-4+ storm. Later in the model run there are other storms that bring potential for snow.

The real weather story this week is the cold temperatures more along the lines of what is normal for January. Our normal high/low is 23/2 for today. This week will see mostly teens for high temps and lows at or below zero. With some wind tonight and Wednesday night we could see wind chills in the -20 range. The places that have snow won’t be losing much, it probably won’t go into the 20s until the weekend.

Riding this weekend-

I would not recommend riding this weekend south of Highway 8 or east of 32. Along the 32 corridor the minimum snow starts about Townsend and gets better north and west. These will be good to fair trails. No one in this area has a foot of snow, so you will be riding on an ice base plus a few inches. Places that melted down the ice base will be gravelly with just the 4″ or whatever they saw in the last storm. The groomers have very little snow to work with so they are not able to fill in ruts, washouts or other terrain features.

As far as my neighborhood, Lakewood, Mountain, Crooked Lake, Silver Cliff, Athelstane, Crivitz, and Wausaukee all have minimal snow and are not recommended for a ride.

If I were to ride I would consider Goodman north into western Florence Co and over to Forest Co, or dropping sleds at Wabeno or Laona and riding the above mentioned areas and over toward Crandon and Rhinelander. There are a few spots in northern Langlade Co that saw snow too, those hold a little promise.

Here is a snow cover map that I doctored up by adding in a few towns and highways. I am not sure about north of 8 and west of 32, but it is showing here, Crivitz, and Lakewood pretty well from what I have seen in my travels. Click it to make it bigger. (Thanks Roger!)

Here is a link to the original snow cover map page.


All of these events are accessible by car if the trails aren’t up to it.

I have an event to add for this weekend. The Bear Point Sno-Cruisers is having a monthly meeting at Bear Point Saturday morning. Following the meeting there will be a Club ride to Wausaukee Bowl. We leave Bear Point at 10:30. Pizza and pop will be supplied by the club, adult beverages are at your own expense. The public is welcome. See if this kind of club fits you. Oh you don’t need to own a snowmobile to belong, just a love of having fun and safety.

Here is the event list from yesterday’s update.

Dockside’s annual snowmobile, ATV, car Poker Run will be on Saturday, January 21st. Starts at Dockside at 10:30 to get your cards. Participating are Curve Inn, Parkway, Fisher Camp, Jungle Jim’s and Dockside. You must be back to Dockside by 5:00 to draw your hand. Winner takes all. Cost is $10/card.

Jan. 21 High Falls Flowage at Town of Stephenson Park – Boat Landing #3 High Falls Snowmobile Drag Races
Sponsoed by the Twin Bridge Water Ski Team. Food & refreshments – Call 715-927-3299 for further information
Jan. 21 Northwoods Bar
Wausaukee Lions Annual Brat Fry Starts at 11:00 AMFood & refreshments
Jan. 21 Wouters Front II
White Potato Lake
Annual White Potato Lake Fishing Derby 8am – 3pm – Food and refreshments, raffles and prizes for largest fish.sponsored by the White Potato Lake Sportsmen’s Club


That is the news of the day. Have a good Tuesday and thank you for visiting!