The majority of our snow comes from lake effect. We don’t usually see that heavy cement-mixer type of snow.”
~ Gaylord-based National Weather Service meteorologist John Boris
March came in like a lion this year. A 2011 Detroit Lion to be precise.
Back in the day we would mark notable items with a special “Five Things You Need to Know” so here you go, and please post your thoughts in the comments.
1 On the evening of March 2nd, 2012 a late winter storm roared through Michigan. The National Weather Service pegged the total at 27 inches in Ishpeming while Long Lake near Traverse City totaled 26″. A state of emergency has been declared in Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties with schools closed in all three counties. Michigan Radio has a nice overview of the storm and the damage.
2 Over 250,000 people lost power across the state as wind gusts of up to 55 MPH and heavy wet snow took their toll on power lines. Power companies and other utilities scrambling, and mLive reported last night that over 50,000 people were still without power. The TC Record-Eagle has an update this morning, and Consumers Energy is updating their Facebook with outage reports and they also have a list of open shelters.
4 If you’re wondering where this storm ranks on the all-time list, it’s certainly behind the Great Blizzard of 1978, a brutal storm in Jan 26-27 that dropped almost 30″ on parts of Michigan and was “The most extensive and very nearly the most severe blizzard in Michigan history.” 20 people died, many were hospitalized and 100,000 cars were abandoned on Michigan highways. It was perhaps eclipsed by The White Hurricane of 1913. The Detroit News has a feature on the worst snowstorm in Detroit history from April 6, 1886 which dropped over 2 feet on the city, piling drifts 12 feet high.
5 WOOD-TV took a trip north to check out the situation. Check it out below and you can also go for a drive around Traverse City.