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Muskegon Luge ready for arctic blast to arrive, refresh conditions

Portions of the lakeshore expected to receive lake-effect snow late Thursday into next week.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — The National Weather Service is calling for occasional snow, and accumulations mostly near/west of US-131 starting Late Thursday.

The snow and cold temperatures are expected to stick around into late next week.

The conditions by the Friday commute include blowing/drifting snow, strong wind gusts, near white-out conditions possible.

High temperatures could only reach the teens, with wind chills below zero.

It's the kind of winter weather that managers at the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park missed out on during Christmas break, resulting in a slow start to the season at the non-profit park in Muskegon County.

"Very excited winter is here," said Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park Executive Director Jim Rudicil. "Winter has kicked in and we're in high gear, all facilities are open."

The park offers snowshoeing, cross-country ski trails, a two-acre ice rink, ice skating trail, and luge track. 

And this year there's also a fire garden with eight fire rings for guest to stay warm outdoors and social distance.

Weather that includes accumulating snow and cold temperatures is fine with Rudicil, and no problem for the outdoor enthusiasts who visit the park. 

"The beautiful thing about the activities that you're doing here, you're out exercising and you're staying warm," said Rudicil. "I've seen folks out in 18-degrees come back with their jackets tied around their waste because they're getting such a great aerobic workout in the woods."  

The 1,300 acres park offers winter activities until about mid-March.

On Memorial Day weekend the park will debut its' new duel zip line.

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