Blizzard Dumps Big Snow Totals In Thumb Region 12-14-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Blizzard Dumps Big Snow Totals In Thumb Region 12-14-2010

Although most of Mid-Michigan has been snow-free for at least a day, a few communities have continued to get snow -- and lots of it.
Eastern Huron and Sanilac counties have been the center of seemingly non-ending snow and wind.
Blizzard warnings were in effect until Tuesday morning and for the last two days, as the snow piled and blew and drifted, school were closed, cars got stuck and people even got stranded.
The National Weather Service just released the preliminary snow totals and Meteorologist Mike Cameron said some of the numbers are amazing.
Cameron said areas near Bad Axe received an estimated 15 inches.


Farther east, and closer to the lake, snow accumulations from Port Austin to Harbor Beach are estimated to be in the 18-22 inch range.
To make matters worse, wind gusting up to 50 MPH moved the snow, mounding it into drifts 14 feet high, almost as tall as a two-story building.
A cold northerly wind interacting with the warm water of Lake Huron created the band of snow showers that sat over the eastern Thumb for more than a day.
Although the blizzard warnings have expired, a winter weather advisory is in effect for Huron County until 7 p.m. Tuesday night.
Even when the lingering snow showers leave later Tuesday afternoon, blowing and drifting snow will continue to be a headache for days to come.

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