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      February 25: Thick Snow Cover

      There is a rather impressive snow cover across a good share of the Upper Peninsula as we approach the end of the month. This morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) near Negaunee measured 32 inches on the level. Watersmeet and Mohawk also reported 32 inches. Herman in the high country of Baraga County has 40 inches on the ground and Grand Marais has a 41-inch snow cover. The last time the NWS had 40 inches or more on the ground was two years ago today. Ironically, that winter saw low snow totals outside of the northerly-wind snow belts. A snow cover of 40 inches or more at the NWS is not a usual occurrence. Before 2010, the last time this marker was reached was on March 25, 2002 when there was 41 inches on the ground. That was measured after the last big snow of our snowiest winter on record. The year before, an early March storm left a 44-inch cover on March 5, 2001. The deepest snow cover ever observed came at the conclusion of the â??crown of winterâ?? snowstorm of March 13-14, 1997. After an all-time record calendar-day fall of over 26 inches, the NWS reported an incredible 63 inches on the level.

      It may seem like we have had a lot of snow this winter because of all the snow lately. However, that is not the case, at least not at the NWS. As of today, the seasonâ??s total is 127.8 inches; thatâ??s over a foot-and-a-half below the 1981-2010 average to this point. Last year at this time, we only had 107.6 inches.

      One area that has experienced some good snows this year compared to the last several is the south. All areas have at least a foot. That was Norwayâ??s snow cover as of this morning. To the east, Gladstone had 18 inches and Manistique reported 25 inches of snow on the ground.

      This week, it does not appear weâ??ll be adding to our snow cover. The latest storm over the Southern Plains will pass well south of us. We will stay on the mild side for the next few days. But once the storm moves into the eastern U.S., persistent northerly winds will mean a cooling trend late in the week.