Winter wonderland

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:40 PM

The heavy, wet snow on Sunday added power outages to the mix.

Area residents took advantage of a break in the bad weather to get in some outdoor activity Sunday afternoon.

The dog park at Coast Guard Park became busy shortly before 3 p.m. when area residents lost power.

Calvin Bruhn of Spring Lake and his son, Zach, 6, walked over from their nearby home with their dog, Remi.

“We were downstairs playing with Thomas the Train when the lights started wavering and then went out, Bruhn said. “So we decided to go outside and get the dog out.”

Just down the street, a Grand Haven Board of Light and Power crew worked on an outage in the area.

Line Foreman Walter Young said an outage that occurred around 2 p.m. affected some 1,500 customers in North and South Holiday Hills, as well as North Shore Drive and North Shore Estates areas.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Dukesherer said Ottawa County has a good 14 inches of snow so far, for December, almost a foot above what fell in the area last year.

“There was no snow on the ground Christmas Day,” Dukesherer said. “Last year was very abnormal.”

Normal for December in Ottawa County is right around 29 inches, he said.

And there’s a good chance we’ll get there this year.

“There’s more snow in the forecast between now and Christmas night,” Dukesherer said. “It’s definitely going to be accumulating snow.”

See the complete story in the print or electronic version of Monday's Grand Haven Tribune.

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