A major winter storm is ramping up across the upper Midwest and Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, closing roads and affecting travel. Up to 2 feet of snow could be dumped on the leeward side of Lakes Michigan and Superior, affecting both of Michigan's peninsulas, according to the National Weather Service. Blizzard conditions are pummeling Minnesota and spreading east.
The storm is expected to sweep through the Detroit area sometime Sunday, Dec. 12, leaving at least a foot to a foot-and-a-half across most of the region and more along the Great Lakes. Cold arctic air will sweep in behind the storm dropping temperatures to single digits on Monday and Tuesday, which will cause potential heavy lake effect snow to kick in.
In the Western UP, Indianhead Resort has already received nearly 3 feet of snow this winter and is expecting up to 2 more feet from the current storm, according to marketing VP Dave Nyquist.
"We are off to one of our best starts ever, and this storm is just frosting on the cake," Nyquist told OnTheSnow. "This is our 10th straight day of snow, and, with the lake effect, it's supposed to continue through next week."
Wild Mountain, east of the Twin Cities along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, was experiencing the same thing.
"It's beautiful," said Wild spokesperson Amy Frischmon. "It looks like a snow-globe, and there are at least seven buses in the parking lot. The kids are absolutely enjoying all the snow. It's an old-fashioned Minnesota winter."
Ski areas as far south as Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio should also benefit as the storm wraps around the Great Lakes, and the cold temperatures will enhance snowmaking efforts. The Midwest is off to a fast start this winter for snow sports. Cross country skiing and snowmobiling enthusiasts are also reaping the benefits with many touring centers and snowmobile trails already open.
Traverse City, on the leeward side of Lake Michigan, has already received nearly 2 feet of snow so far this winter and could see another 2 feet out of this storm.