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For first time this season, snow totals creep above the norm

Submitted by on January 20, 2020 – 12:42 amNo Comment

For the first time this season, some parts of northern Michigan are seeing above average snow totals following the weekend storm.

According to the National Weather Service, that’s true for many locations, including Alpena, Houghton Lake and Sault Ste. Marie.

Gaylord is less than an inch from its seasonal average through January 19, and Traverse City is off about 3 inches.

The Alpena area received 0.9 inches of snow Friday, 5.4 inches Saturday and 2.4 inches Sunday for a weekend total of 8.7 inches. That pushed the month to date total to 18.8 inches, up 5.5 inches from the norm for January 19. The seasonal total now stands at 41.1 inches, up 0.5 inches from the long-term average.

During a typical winter, the area receives 84.3 inches of snow. A record amount fell in 1970-71, when the area received a whopping 166.3 inches.

The beginning of this week is expected to be fairly quiet until light snow and a mix of rain and snow move into the region late Wednesday night and into Thursday.