December 7th, 2013 | News | 0 Comments
What a way to kick off December! Local schoolchildren had a whole three (3!!) snow days this week, as the first major snowstorm of winter 2013-2014 dumped between 12-20 inches of fluffy snow all along the Gunflint Trail. Golden Eagle Lodge reports this week’s snow totals as follows, for a total 13.25 inches of total snow accumulation in the mid-Trail region:
Dec 2 – 6.0 inches
Dec 3 – .75 inches
Dec 4 – 2.0 inches
Dec 5 – 4.5 inches
There’s not quite enough snow in the woods to take snowmobiles farther than a brief little spin, but Gunflint Trail businesses have started to groom cross-country ski trails which are in great shape for the first week of December. Don’t forget to check out the Snow and Trail Conditions for the most up-to-date report.
After snowstorm Cleon moved on east, a deep chill settled in on the Trail. It’s hard to mind the subzero temperatures too much, because the weather brings the sun with it. It’s been weeks since we’ve had a stretch of sunny day, so even if today only reaches -1 below zero Fahrenheit for a high temperature, it’s worth it to see our shadows again!
This time of year, when days are steadily approaching the shortest day of the year, we start to make our own light, stringing Christmas lights on railings and saplings outside and bringing out the holiday decorations inside. If you plan to gather some winter greenery from the Gunflint Trail forest, make sure to follow the National Forest rules. Learn more about cutting your own Christmas tree in this blog post from a holiday season past.