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Old 01-03-2017, 12:54 PM   #1
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Woo Hoo, first time typing 2017, and I didn't mess it up! (Usually take me into Feb to stop with the previous year.)

I hope your Christmas and New Years were fantastic.

Hell week was just that, but not because of traffic, it was the yo-yo weather and conditions. Overall we have only groomed a few times this season due to the lack of snow, and warm temp - but believe it or not we are still in pretty darn good shape. As of today we have no major issues to report across any of our 101 miles of trail. Things are thin and soft, but snow covered. Things are mostly flat, but enough to cover the rocks. It did get warm enough to melt a little yesterday and last night again - things are soft today, but the bottom is supposed to drop out of the temps this afternoon, and we will be in the teens until next week. That will freeze in a near perfect trail base (if we can keep the darn 4x4s off) and we will be sitting ready for that next snowfall. We will need 3-6" of system snow and we will go from poor- to near excellent conditions overnight. For now, I keep our rating at poor to reflect the very thin base, and icy conditions. The forecast is calling for a ton of lake effect in surrounding areas - which typically only tease us, so I don't see our conditions changing much. Some variation on the winds may give us a nice surprise though.

I do have a bit of trail candy for you, this is yesturday, just outside of Iggy on the RR Grade. Looking pretty decent!

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Today: Snow likely. Patchy fog after 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 35. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight: Snow likely before 1am, then snow showers likely after 1am. Patchy blowing snow after midnight. Areas of fog before 9pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Wednesday: Snow showers likely. Widespread blowing snow, mainly after 8am. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 19 by 4pm. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly after 1am. Areas of blowing snow after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 13. Wind chill values as low as -2. Blustery, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Thursday: Scattered snow showers. Patchy blowing snow before 7am. Cloudy, with a high near 17. West wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Night: Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday: Snow showers likely. Patchy blowing snow between 11am and 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night: Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.

Saturday: Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18.

Saturday Night: Scattered snow showers, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20.
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Old 01-03-2017, 04:26 PM   #2
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Looks great!

Thanks for posting the pic.
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:39 AM   #3
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We have a great base going. Now just a bit of fresh, wet snow. Bring it on and thanks for the pic Neil. See ya Friday.
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:18 AM   #4
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Holly wind batman. Blustery today for sure. It was almost raining after work last night, and this morning we have about 1" of new snow.

Maybe we can chip away at this, 1" at a time. I am so ready to upgrade conditions, and look at some ice on the bay. None at this time.
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Looking good Neil, thanks for the update and picture.

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