2011-04-21 / Front Page

Oh No! Snow!

Like a bad band which won’t leave the stage despite a distinct lack of applause, winter weather hit Roscommon County once again on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Meteorologist Jeff Hablaub of the National Weather Service office in Gaylord, the 4.7 inches of snow recorded at Houghton Lake during the storm, which continued into Wednesday morning, was the eighth highest single event snowfall ever recorded during the last two weeks of April.

“We didn’t come anywhere close to the record, (which was 13.0 inches on April 16 and 17, 1921)” said Hablaub, who added “and we’re not going to.”

The snow kept school buses off the roads, with the Houghton Lake Community Schools and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School closing and Roscom- mon Area Public Schools on a two-hour delay.

Houghton Lake Interim Superintendent Pete Injasoulian, who had just come back to Houghton Lake from his home in Lake Placid, FL, said he, High School Principal Brent Cryderman and Transportation Director Stanley Gardner met on Tuesday night to discuss the weather situation, and that they made the decision to close the schools at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, after initially calling for a two-hour delay at 5 a.m.

“I’m a Northern Michigan kid, so I certainly understand this weather,” said Injasoulian, who said his wife told him the temperature back home was 87 degrees Wednesday morning.

“You won’t have to wait long,” said Hablaub when asked by the Resorter when spring would come back. He said temperatures in the area will gradually warm to normal in the next few days, reaching the upper 50’s, and that by Tuesday “temperatures could be in the 70’s.”

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