Snowfall surpasses average

While above-normal snowfall is contributing to a slew of crashes and slide-offs on area roadways, it’s music to the eyes of Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl Manager Theresa Sispera.
Becky Vargo
Dec 27, 2013


“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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Former Grandhavenite

The Ski Bowl is a true jewel of Grand Haven. Not many cities in that part of the country have anything remotely comparable. In other places I've lived, people are amazed to hear that I could just come home from school and head out to ski for a couple hours on evenings during the winter. It seriously improves the quality of life in the area.


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