Recent snowfall pushes Traverse City over the seasonal average, and more snow & cold is on the way
Multiple clipper systems have brought decent snows to northern Michigan, and more is on the way - along with very cold temperatures.
As of Sunday morning, Traverse City had reached 96.8" for this winter, and the seasonal average is 93.3"! Other cities not far behind matching their seasonal average are Petoskey, West Branch, and Sault Ste. Marie.
Sunday night, low pressure will cross through the Northern Lower, shifting our winds to come out of the NW and causing a change from widespread snow to lake effect.
Overnight into Monday, most will pick up around 1-4". The lake effect locations with NW winds will see the higher amounts, as will be the case Monday - when those areas pick up another couple inches.
Winds will pick up Sunday night, out of the NW at 15-35mph, with gusts to 40mph, especially along the lakeshore. This will cause the snow we have already, and the new snow falling, to blow and drift and reduce visibilities.
As winds stay up through Monday and into Tuesday, the other concern we'll have is wind chills. Temperatures alone will struggle to get above zero Monday as bitterly cold air filters in. Wind chills will be from 15 to 30 below zero at times - which can cause frostbite on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes. Remember to limit your time outdoors and bring your pets inside!
The good news is - we do warm up heading into the end of the week. Highs will be back in the teens and twenties starting Wednesday, but we do also keep snow showers in the forecast.
Remember to give yourself extra time traveling on the roads and keep your lights on as roads will continue to remain slick.