Snowstorm hits big
Schools, holiday events cancelled
December 19, 2007TRI-CITY AREA — The weathercasters predicted it was coming, but many were unprepared for the onslaught of snow that blanketed the area late Saturday and much of Sunday.
When the snow finally stopped falling, about 8-9 inches had landed in the area, making travel difficult for those brave enough to venture out onto local roads.
The National Weather Service in White Lake reported that the accumulation was significant for this time of year, but that it failed to rank among the top 25 heaviest December snowfalls on record.
It was significant enough, though, to keep many local residents from setting out for their previously-intended destinations on Sunday.
Instead, many spent the day digging out from beneath the storm's wrath, while road crews in Lapeer and St. Clair counties did their best to keep up.
Some local restaurants closed early Sunday, anticipating very light lunch and dinner crowds. Even some local churches reportedly opted to cancel worship services.
A pair of popular local events also had to be cancelled as a result of the inclement weather.
The Berlin Township Fire Department cancelled its 8th annual Breakfast with Santa program scheduled Sunday morning; while the Belle Valley Community Band called off its Christmas Concert at Almont High School.
A representative from the band said Monday that a makeup concert could be rescheduled in January.
As for Breakfast with Santa, organizers said that all the good little boys and girls who had planned to attend will have to wait until next year.
With many backroads still inaccessible by late Sunday, school officials in Almont, Capac, Dryden and Imlay City made the early call to cancel classes for Monday.
By Tuesday morning, with most back roads having been plowed clear of snow, students in each of the local districts returned to classes.
A white Christmas?
Danny Costello, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, predicts that neither Santa nor anyone else will have to cancel their Christmas Eve or Christmas Day engagements.
"There could be some lake-effect snow or even snow mixed with rain for Christmas," says Costello, "but we're not looking at any heavy accumulation."
As far as the prospects for a traditional "white Christmas" in the Tri-City area, it's all subject to interpretation, Costello says.
"If it rains, it's probably not going to melt away the snow from this most recent storm," he says. "There's a pretty healthy packup (of snow) out there. Even if it's not falling from the sky, there should be snow on the ground for Christmas."
Weatherwise, Costello predicts a "typical" remainder of the winter for residents living in the Tri-City area.
"We're looking at near-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation for the winter months."