“White Gold” fell in the northwoods this week. It was the biggest snow (other than lake effect snow) I can remember in the last 15 years for not only the northwoods but for the entire viewing area. In fact, it was in March of 1997 (15 years ago) that we had over 20 inches of snow in parts of Juneau, Adams, and Waushara counties. Earlier this week there were a handful of reports of 20 to 24 inches of snow and now the snowmobilers can have some fun – at least in the northern half of the area – at least for this weekend. As it looks right now, this weekend could be the last true Winter-like weekend with good snow conditions on the ground. The snowmobile trails will likely be able to remain open in the north for the following weekend as well (because it takes a long time to melt 20 inches of snow) but the overall weather trend is looking much more Spring-like for next week and toward the middle of the month.
Sure we could have a big snowstorm yet at some point later this month or even in April, but I think this will be the last weekend of real Winter where you can enjoy all of the Winter activities. For all the people who can’t wait for warmer weather, here is the latest 8 to 14 day temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center. There is a high chance that the eastern three-quarters of the country – including Wisconsin – will have above normal temperatures.
Be safe on the snowmobile trails – they will likely be crowded this weekend.
Have a great weekend! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
This post was written by jloew on March 2, 2012