End of winter conditions in sight according to National Weather Service

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Courtesy photo

Pictured is the National Weather Service Doppler radar station near Gaylord, just east of the Antrim County line, where meteorologist Jim Keysor has predicted that spring, and warm sunny weather will come – sooner or later.


REGION – A glance at the calendar noted that spring of 2018 officially arrived on Tuesday, March 20 at 12:15 p.m. EDT.

But last week’s December-like weather, with 10 inches of snow (more in some areas) – arriving in two separate snowfalls that closed schools, clogged roadways and postponed spring sports – essentially ruined hopes that the arrival of April meant a simultaneous onset of warmer temperatures. 

Yes, the Old Farmer's Almanac has predicated a cooler and wetter spring than usual, but many would attest that recent conditions have pushed the limit.

In fact, in addition to the snow, which added to the 110 inches Antrim County has already experienced during the winter of 2017/2018, temperatures were sub-zero on more than one frosty morning last week, with a low of minus-5 on April 6 equaling the bitterly cold record set on the same day in 2003 at the Gaylord National Weather Service Station, located just east of the Antrim County line.

As a result, the recent wintry blast and rollercoaster sub-freezing temperatures has been hard to take for just about everyone – including those overseeing the Gaylord weather station. 

"It's been interesting," said longtime Gaylord meteorologist Jim Keysor. "But no matter what the weather is, to us it's always exciting."

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