Winter not going anywhere

Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette Despite a few sunny days winter is holding on with more snowfall and cold temperatures in the forecast.

HOUGHTON — Yet again, winter refuses to die with a winter storm watch for the weekend and into early next week.

Forecasts call for heavy snowfall to begin late tonight and continue into Monday with the majority of the snow falling on Sunday, said meteorologist Jaclyn Ritzman out of the National Weather Service Marquette office. Snowfall accumulation of six to ten inches is expected.

The snow is part of a multifaceted pattern system coming from the plains, Ritzman said with heavy wet snow and winds. Minor power outages are possible and the high water content could make shoveling more difficult.

“Regardless of how much snow is going to fall, we are looking at some impacts on driving,” she said.

Once the storm system moves through forecasts call for lingering lake effect snow coming behind the system. Once that moves through the end of the week looks more quiet, Ritzman said.

This system comes after storms in the previous few weeks moved south, largely missing the area. It doesn’t look like the Keweenaw be so lucky this time around, Ritzman said.

In the long term forecast, patterns are indicating continued below normal temperatures and above average precipitation, she explained. Though further out forecasts are harder to predict due to lake effect.

“This isn’t terribly uncommon for us to see winter hold on up here, it just really depends on what kind of pattern we’re in across the country,” Ritzman said. “We’re in a very active pattern right now.”

Unfortunately within that active pattern the region is staying on the colder side of the systems, she added.

“The weather doesn’t know that it’s spring time.”