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Posted on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 5:41 a.m.

Ann Arbor area awakens to light snowfall

By Paula Gardner


A man cleans off his windshield after the first snow fall of the season along N. Revena Blvd. off of Dexter Ave. on Wednesday morning. Melanie Maxwell I

The winter season's first real snowfall alert yielded enough flakes for Washtenaw County residents to awaken Wednesday to find a small accumulation.

The snow - which started as rain - began at about 7 p.m. Tuesday as a wintery mix. But sometime overnight, that changed to the flakes that by 5 a.m. dusted cars and roadways.

Total accumulation in Ann Arbor was reported at a little more than 1 inch.

No schools were closed Wednesday morning, and weather-related crashes appeared to be minimal in the hours before rush hour.

The weather system that generated the snow has moved to the east, and Wednesday is forecast to be partly sunny with the high around 38.

Weather alerts have been canceled, except for a flood warning issued for Dexter's Mill Creek.



Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 3:58 p.m.

I heard Lansing got 9 inches.

Kara Marie

Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 3:57 p.m.

One more reason to move somewhere that skips snow. :)

Ann English

Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 12:01 a.m.

California and Florida skip snow, but have earthquakes and hurricanes. We get a minimal number of tornados and earthquakes.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 10:11 p.m.

Hear Hear....been looking at a move to Cali or Fla for just this reason....


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 3:08 p.m. staff need to get their stories straight. Another story this morning by Cindy Heflin states that the Ann Arbor total was 3.5 inches ( <a href=""></a> ).


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 2:51 p.m.

Storm spotter in Ann Arbor reported to the National Weather Service, had measured 3.5 inches. That seems about right. The rain to snow change over did occur around 7:00 PM but became all snow shortly afterwards. The snow ended approximately 3:30 AM. Snowfall amounts were lower toward the Wayne County line and higher toward the Livingston County line.

Alison Abbott

Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 2:13 p.m.

Out here in Stockbridge we have about 4 inches on the ground, but it is heavy snow over ice, our chicken run fencing has collapsed and electric braid horse pasture fence is so heavy with ice and snow it's down on the ground in large areas. Putting out lots of hay to keep the horses distracted until I can get the fencing back up. It's pretty and arguably better than all the mud of yesterday, but what a pain!


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 2:03 p.m.

I thought it was pretty too--especially driving in this morning with the pink sky and the sun coming up. When I tried to back out of my driveway, however, my wheels were frozen to the concrete driveway and made a loud thunking sound--that was a little disconcerting.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 1:47 p.m.

Seemed more like 2&quot; on the southwest side of town. Drove out to Plymouth for work, only 0.5&quot; out here. Pretty fine line on the more significant accumulations (changeover form rain).


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 1:46 p.m.

An inch? Right in town by the water plant we have at least 4 inches! Are they saying an inch so they don't have to remove it?


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 1:10 p.m.

I guess Chelsea isn't considered &quot;Ann Arbor area&quot;. I see 3-4 inches of snow out here, with moosh underneath and a icy crust on top.

say it plain

Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 12:41 p.m.

I love it when the snow 'advocates' come out and tell us how we *must* like this stuff lol... It's frozen water. Fun for some, but I defend my right to find it annoying. End of &quot;wimpy weather&quot; ? ! I guess I'm a wimp for wishing the weather would just stay out of my way and not impose 'challenges' thank you very much :-) Pretty on postcards, sure, but, especially around here, the road upkeep is so bad that the first snows signal to me the beginning of major driving hassles, and the 'beauty' fades very very quickly.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 3:03 p.m.

@ say it...well I'm glad you are feeling better ie: you have a sense of humor now.But I live just inside of Ypsi Twp and our streets don't get plowed for a couple of days ( granted I don't pay A2 taxes ) As for a AWD if you notice it seems most spin outs are SUV's.4WD will get you going but you don't stop or handle any better.People seem to think &quot; I have 4WD I can drive however the heck I want &quot;.Not so.Again glad you are feeling better


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

@say it plain -- Nothing wrong with a little venting here and there. So go ahead. I agree that the snow removal here leaves something to be desired. In the Chicago area, where I grew up, by the time four inches have fallen, the plows have been by probably two or three times. But, one chooses where to live based upon various factors. Overall, I like it here, and can live with the snow removal part of it. (Plus, it may be my imagination, or just wishful thinking, but it seems to me that the City of A2 just -- might -- be getting a bit more timely about getting the plows out.)

say it plain

Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 2:18 p.m.

Yeah, @tdw, lol, I *did* wake up a little cranky this morning... 'Cause it snowed last night ;-) And it's not that easy to move I like the other seasons here just fine! I've tried to change the way I think about the snow (mostly unsuccessfully), but I can't change the way the city thinks about it (i.e.,, that one needn't plow until there are 4 inches or more on the ground, etc..), so its mere presence makes me dread what is to come, unfortunately... I recall feeling less gloomy about snow's arrival, back when I lived somewhere that had plows going at 5 am, so one would wake *early* to the sound of streets being cleared, ah, *that* was a happy sound for me! Here, so often it seems, you see and hear them starting their work once there have been a couple dozen spinouts and many have had their standard white-knuckle drives about town... I guess I could spend the money the city won't to keep the roads in decent shape on snow tires and storage thereof in the off seasons! Or I could buy a AWD vehicle maybe. I prefer the cold rain myself, though I realize I am in the generally very silent minority with that ;-)


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 1:30 p.m.

If you don't like something, change it (ie, you could move away from this terrible horrible no good weather). If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. I love all the seasons here in Michigan - I prefer the snow to the freezing cold rain we had yesterday afternoon!


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 1:19 p.m.

Geez........Wake up a little cranky this morning ?


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 12:25 p.m.

Snow! SNOW! Beautiful snow! The wimpy seasons are done and we have snow! I am giddy with joy and happiness! If you don't like it, open your eyes! It's beautiful! Snow!


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 11:13 a.m.

Whew. Thank goodness the media warned us so profusely about that massive huge winter storm last night or I would have been completely unprepared for this morning.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 3:57 p.m.

I agree. The NWS does have to give the worse case scenario in case in point a few years ago they reported wrong and we ended up with 20 or more inches of snow on the ground. Everyone was unprepared. Better prepare then not. I did see Ann Arbor got more then Ypsilanti did. Glad we got the dusting.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 2:23 p.m.

Actually, the media reported what they were told by the various weather services, which turned out to be pretty damned accurate. Very light to no snowfall in the eastern part of the region, increasing sharply to the west. You can go back to your sneering now.