Some farmers are welcoming this winter's above-average snowfall in Michigan amid hopes it will raise local water levels and help crops.
Dale Mohler, an agricultural forecaster for Accuweather, tells The Detroit News that the snow could cause more wetness in the spring, which in turn could delay planting. Overall, he says, that should help throughout the growing season.
Ken Nye, the Michigan Farm Bureau's fruit and vegetable expert, says subzero temperatures could have damaged some wine grapes, but for the most part any losses should be minimal.
Snowfall is above average this winter in many parts of the state, including the southern Lower Peninsula.
More than 92 inches have fallen in Grand Rapids for the season, with 23 inches remaining on the ground today. Muskegon has had almost 110 inches, with the snow depth reported at 26 this Monday morning.