Southern Michigan is recovering from its hardest winter in over a decade. We have seen as much as 4 feet of snow or more over the entire winter and subzero temperatures for more than a months’ time. As a result, schools have used more than their allowed “snow days”, multi-car pile ups have been a regular occurrence and people with health issues have seen more complications than usual.
Road crews fought to keep roads open while relocating mailboxes and at times getting stuck themselves. This has been a rare year where some areas have had to use funds for road repair to cover snow removal.
I was witness to all that winter could bring to a small town, and now I see the results of the thaw which is taking rivers into flood stages and roads to a new level of bad when it comes to potholes. This story can be told by the pictures and sadly by snow that has remained all through March making it likely that it will be late in April before we see the showers that will bring back flowers.
Just to sum up what Michigan is seeing today, we are seeing above freezing temperatures and considering it a heat wave. It is hard for me to believe that a ground hog saw his shadow a few weeks ago unless someone dug him out and woke him up.
Michigan has patching crews out but even they have fallen prey to the large, deep Potholes. Mail has finally begun to arrive normally as opposed to randomly when there were roads found open and people are finally coming out of a winter hibernation that makes you wish you were a bear.
Check out the picture story of winter and the final arrival of beautiful brown grass patches. Remember your exciting experiences of the winter of 2013 which gripped all of the east coast and froze all of the Great Lakes to a level not seen in decades.