Northern Mid-Michigan hit with snow - WNEM TV 5

Northern Mid-Michigan hit with snow

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A ruler reading of 3.5 inches of snow at the Arnold's in West Branch. A ruler reading of 3.5 inches of snow at the Arnold's in West Branch.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in some portions of mid-Michigan, or at least it did earlier Wednesday.  They got socked with a late autumn snow storm. 

Parts of northern Mid-Michigan saw anything from 1.5 inches of snow up to 4.5 inches.

Mike Whyte was busy removing snow in front of the schools in Au Gres on Wednesday morning.  Whyte, the maintenance supervisor for the district, had already been at it for more than two hours when TV5 caught up with him.

"Got up this morning at 5:30 to come to school and we got the cancellation notice, and I was surprised how much we had on the ground already," said Whyte.

Whyte was joined by other folks around the county pushing and shoving snow off parking lots and driveways. 

The snowstorm made it look a lot like Christmas, and the fog that came with it indicated that you might need a red nose to find your way around here.

Some kids took advantage of the day off from school to bring frosty the snowman back to life.

Autumn's not officially over yet, but residents in Arenac County that TV5 spoke with say get ready to be socked this winter.

"I think we're going to have a bad winter, I've seen those acorns off all them trees, I think we're going to have a bad winter," said one woman TV5 talked with.

"I think it's going to be a tough one, I think so," said another resident.

Dennis Weishuhn was nice and warm inside his Au Gres harbor party store Wednesday morning.  He said the heavy, wet snow started hitting the community around 4 p.m. Tuesday.  Weishuhn said he certainly hopes it isn't a long, cold winter. "I don't like driving in it, I don't like dealing with it," Weishuhn said.

Meanwhile, Whyte believes he'll be doing a lot more snow blowing in the months ahead as he predicts a rough winter.

"[The] last two years have been pretty mild, and we're due for one," said Whyte. What do you think? Vote in our poll or leave a comment below.

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