Snowfall surpasses average

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:41 PM

“We have 36 inches of snow on the ground and we haven’t had to make snow in four weeks,” she said.

That’s good news for the nonprofit ski hill, which depends on local skiers to keep afloat. And there were a lot of them out there Thursday afternoon — kids and parents of all ages — most of them on snowboards.

More snow Thursday night continued to push snowfall totals to more than 10 inches above normal, according to meteorologist Jared Maples of the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids.

More than 42 inches of snow fell in Muskegon, the closest measuring site to Grand Haven, as of 9 a.m. Thursday, Maples said. The normal snowfall in the area for December is 29 inches. Still, this is far from the record of 82.6 inches of snow that fell in the area in December 1963, he said.

Maples is predicting a little break in the snowfall for today and Saturday, complete with temperatures rising close to 40 on Saturday.

The weather, including temperatures, go back downhill Sunday. Highs drop into the mid to upper teens on Monday — an event that should last into the New Year, Maples said.

There will also be additional opportunities for snow next week, the meteorologist added.

Nicole and Dave Robb had their 3-year-old daughter, Claire, going down the Grand Haven Ski Bowl's bunny hill on a set of downhill skis.

“This is our second year trying,” Nicole said after skiing slowly behind her daughter, who was leashed to her mom.

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