Snow season is back. After warm temperatures and an unusual amount of rainfall, a blanket of white has returned to Superiorland, much to the delight of children, who had another snow day Thursday, and to the relief of many local businesses, which count on winter activities to make a profit.
The snow rolled in Wednesday, gently at first, but soon gathering strength as blustery conditions made for whiteout conditions.
Sadly, icy roads are said to be to blame for a traffic fatality Wednesday afternoon along M-28 on the Seney stretch. We offer heartfelt condolences to the family and friends dealing with this tragedy. Travel issues are most definitely the worst part of winter.
The Upper Peninsula, as any native will tell you, is a snowy place, especially in the areas that receive lake-effect storm systems.
That's why the U.P. draws so many winter-weather enthusiasts as visitors. Be they skiers, snowboarders, ice anglers or snowmobilers, many from out of the area flock to our region to enjoy these pursuits.
And they spend money, which in turn can translate into much-needed jobs for Yoopers.
While winter calls for folks to respect its power, it's also a time of year when many full-time residents earn much of their income, so the snow can indeed be a welcome commodity.
With a cold snap at present preserving the snowy conditions, we can only hope the snow stays around for seasonal favorites like the Michigan Ice Festival, which continues in the Munising area through Sunday; the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships at Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming Saturday and Sunday; Northern Michigan University's WinterFest which begins Feb. 15; Michigan Tech University Winter Carnival, which starts Wednesday; and of course, the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association's U.P. 200, coming up Feb. 14-18.
We know not everyone enjoys winter, but if one lives here, one has to learn to make the best of it. The events listed above are just a sample of ways to do just that.