I decided to check the internet to see if I could find graphics to document the snow depth difference from this year to past years. For reference, the bright green indicates 36 inches or more. The fuchsia pink represent 27-33 inches and dark red represent 33 to 36 inches. As you can see below, Grand Marais is in the area with bright green this year. The maps that follow for December 16th in the past couple years show that there was almost no snow in the Grand Marais area.
For you Grand Marais faithfuls, you might want to check out this 13 minute video that shows the construction of the new Stonehouse Bakery restaurant: