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Snowfall hits Traverse City and Petoskey particularly hard

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Luck and Lake Effect snow have hit two Michigan cities with higher than average snowfall.

Still, Tim Locker with the National Weather Service in Gaylord said so far this winter isn’t breaking any records.

“There’s a couple locations, like Petoskey and Traverse City, that have seen more snow than average. It’s one of those things that just happened by luck, to be where the bands happen to form.”

Locker said Petoskey saw over 70 inches of snow this year compared to an average of 51 inches.

Traverse City has logged 58 inches so far this year, compared to the average of 38.

Brian Gutoski is with the Emmet County Road Commission. He said his truck drivers have been working nearly non-stop.

“What’s amazing this year is how cold it is this early with all the snow. When it’s this cold we have a hard time getting the snowpack off of our roads. Salt really isn’t very effective when it’s five degrees, zero degrees, we’ve had a couple mornings with twenty below already.”

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says a break in snowfall isn’t expected until after next week, at the earliest.