The winter that wouldnâ??t quit gave us one last blast. There were four consecutive days with measureable snow in the north-central U.P. this week. During this time, a record low maximum temperature was set. On April 15, the high was only 23. This was also the coldest high so late in the season at the National Weather Service (NWS) near Negaunee eight miles west of Marquette. The low that morning was 3 aboveâ??also record for late-season cold. Then after nearly 3 inches of snow during the day, it cleared quickly at night and the temperature fell to 1 below zero at midnight. It kept falling and by the morning of the 16th, a new record of 5 below zero was established. This is a record low for so late and the latest below zero reading at the site.
As for the latest snowstorm, about 9 inches fell at the NWS. Farther west, falls of a foot or more were common. Silver City just off Lake Superior in the western U.P. reported 17 inches and Allouez in the Copper Country had 19 inches! Earlier in the month, there was a fall of 17 inches in the storm of April 3-4. Before this latest storm, there was still 37 inches on the ground with a season total of 315.5 inches. This yearâ??s total will fall short of the infamous winter of 1978-79 (390.4 inches), but not by much.
The lowest snow totals came from the far southeastern Upper Peninsula. Around 4 inches fell at Brampton near Gladstone, while only an inch was reported at Manistique. A milder weather pattern is on the way as the westerly flow aloft brings in warmer air. A new front will likely give the U.P. a period of rain starting in the west later Saturday into the east by late Saturday night into Easter Sunday.