Bad Axe, MI Lake Enhanced Snowstorm

2/9/16 – It has been a pretty mild winter here in Michigan so far, and because of that, and the overall upper atmospheric pattern, we have had a lack of snow, with no real big snowstorms yet, at least where I live. So when the GFS and GEM computer models were indicating the possibility of a lake enhanced snowstorm for the thumb region of Michigan, I was definitely intrigued. I continued to monitor the model runs, until about 3AM on February 9th, and that’s when I pulled the trigger to travel to the thumb region to document the impending snowstorm. Google Maps said it would be about a 3 hour drive, but the weather had other ideas. Between the bad road conditions which resulted in traffic reducing speeds to around 35-40mph, and me stopping to shoot footage along the way, it ended up being a 4-5 hour drive. Below is a video of snow in and around the Saginaw, MI area, and also a collection of photos from my drive. As you can see, the roads were in rough shape. I began to encounter heavy snow around Chesaning, then it just got heavier and heavier as I headed NE toward Bad Axe.

Once I arrived at the Ameriway Inn and Suites in Bad Axe, MI (great hotel by the way!) I edited a batch of clips to send off to my broker, Live Storms Media, then caught a short nap for 2-3 hours before heading back out again for the afternoon/evening hours to document more snowfall. The snow really began to accumulate in a hurry, and before long, there was about 6-8 inches on the ground, and stuck to all of the trees as well. It made for a beautiful scene, but also treacherous travel. Check out my video below to see just how heavy the snow was! Below that there is a collection of photos from around town, on into the night. There’s also a photo of my new chase vehicle, a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire. This car served me very well during this snowstorm!

I stayed overnight, but before I left the next morning, I noticed that it was still snowing, and by this point there was at least 8-10 inches on the ground, so I decided to shoot some more video and photos in Bad Axe before leaving. You can find that below. All in all, this was a great choice to go document a nice snowstorm after a lackluster winter! I got my winter storm fix, and visited an area I have never been before. Needless to say, I will be returning one day once the weather warms, and storms start rumbling across the state again.

Chuck Russell

I shoot photos and videos of various different types of events related to weather, nature, motorsports, breaking news, and more and share what I capture with the world at

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