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Wet snow hits Michigan, above average precipitation predicted this winter

Photo provided by Tim Locker.

A lot of people around Michigan saw snow today. The upper peninsula has been hit the hardest by the winter storm, with heavy, wet snow in the Marquette area.

Tim Locker is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Gaylord. As we prepare for winter, he advises Michigan residents to travel in packs and drive cautiously amidst snowstorms.

“It’s about time of the year to make sure you have a kit in your car for getting stuck or if you're stranded somewhere,” he said. “Be ready for power outages.”

Despite the early snowfall, the Climate Prediction Center said over the next couple of months, Michigan should see temperatures that are slightly warmer than average. Locker said this weekend, Michigan could once again see temperatures in the mid-60’s to low 70’s.

Sean Christensen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Gaylord, said Michigan should expect higher than average precipitation this winter- a hallmark of “la niña” seasons.

“What (la niña seasons) bring is normal temperatures, but just slightly wetter conditions,” Christensen said. “So we're not looking at a season of extreme storms or anything like that, but just above average when it comes to (precipitation).”

Jill Harrington is a senior at CMU majoring in journalism and minoring in theatre and interpretation. Jill grew up in Novi, Michigan and started reporting for WCMU in summer 2022.