Snow, below-average temperatures in forecast this week


Just because the calendar has turned to spring doesn’t mean Mother Nature has finished with winter.

Children were hunting for Easter eggs in the snow over the weekend, as a storm brought colder temperatures to the region.

“It looks like, generally, it was probably about 2-3 inches in most of the region,” said Jeff Lutz, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Gaylord.

While there were flurries throughout the day on Saturday, the temperature hovered above freezing for a large part of the day, meaning there was a mix of rain and snow and little accumulation on the ground.

“It depends on where you’re at,” Lutz said. “Farther inland there’s probably a couple of inches.”

The weather trend will continue for the next few days.

The National Weather Service in Gaylord issued a situation report around 9 a.m. on Sunday calling for another round of snow on Monday night and continuing through Tuesday.

Lutz said the weather models differ on whether the storm will hit to the north, bringing more rain than snow to the Petoskey area, or if it will take a more southerly path.

“Petoksey’s probably going to get a pretty decent amount,” he said. “We’ll see how this pans out but it is something to be keeping an eye on here for Tuesday.”

The week’s heaviest snowfall is expected to be on Tuesday.

“Looks like we’ll have temperatures in the mid-30s,” Lutz said. “With Petoskey being right on the lake, it wouldn’t be uncommon for you guys to get a mix there.”

People will be returning to the area early this week from spring break travel, although Lutz said there should not be any weather-related travel interruptions until Tuesday.

“If they’re coming back (Sunday) or (Monday), most of our snow, if any, will be fairly light,” he said. “It’s not until Monday night into Tuesday that they could run into things.

“The heavier snow is on Tuesday. If there is any traveling problems, it would be Tuesday and Tuesday night it, looks like.”

Temperatures are expected to be a bit chillier Wednesday through Saturday, with Petoskey’s forecast calling for daily highs in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Although it is not unusual to have snowfall in the spring, Lutz said temperatures have been well below average for this time of year.

“We are kind of running colder than normal. Our high temperature this time of year is in the mid-40s,” he said. “We’re well below normal for where we should be at this point in time. It’s unusual that it’s as cold as it is, but it’s not atypical.”

Lutz pointed out that, in recent years, there has been snowfall as late in the year as Mother’s Day in May.

“It’s not out of the realm of possibility,” he said. “We’ve seen these types of things happen before.”

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