Here comes the snow!

Weather - it’s a topic that never is without controversy. The last couple of weeks throughout the Midwest, the abnormally warm temperatures delighted many and disappointed a slew of winter enthusiasts.

Right now in the Northwoods, many snowmobilers are crossing their fingers that the forecasted winter storm is going to be just that - a real storm. This winter has been devoid of any major snow events and we have had to settle for  a couple six inch, and less, dumpings from which to cull our winter our seasonal adventures.

Once again, thanks to the extremely talented groomer drivers for making gold out of every inch we have received. Also, thanks to the clubs and Chambers of Commerce for hosting a plethora of activities all season to attract the badly needed tourist traffic.

In addition to the snowmobile activities, we had a great year for other winter sports. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice fishing derby events were hosted all over the area.

So far this season, according to the National Weather Service in Green Bay, we have had 50” of snowfall in Rhinelander - definitely up from a seasonal total of 33” from last year. On average, snowfall over the last 30 years has been 60.6 inches. To the north there was more snowfall but the Weather Service only records data for Rhinelander.

Of course, in April, 2016 we had 39” — not a happy thing for stored winter sports gear and anxious gardeners.

Currently, the Weather Service forecast calls for 6-10 inches to fall in the area between 3 AM Friday and 6 AM on Saturday and they have issued a Winter Storm Warning.

Given the track record of forecasting this season, we will see. Nonetheless, this is a fabulous time of year for outdoor sports if the weather cooperates!

Bottom line — do plan on a fantastic weekend for all sorts of winter fun! Make sure to check with the local businesses for up to the minute information.

For those wishing to track the storm, visit - John Dee LOVES winter and snow!



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