Record snowfalls in some regions of the Great Lakes could mean some problems for residents and businesses located along the lakes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit recently issued its latest six-month forecast for the lakes and the experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes, some of which may set records.

According to the Associated Press, Lake Superior is unusually high and by May could reach a record set in the mid-1980s. Lake Erie also could hit record highs in late spring. Lakes Michigan and Huron should be above normal, but aren’t expected to break records. No forecast was available for Lake Ontario, where levels are controlled.

Levels in some of the lakes were at record lows six years ago, but have recovered.

Higher water means narrower beaches. But it helps commercial shippers, who don’t have to worry about scraping bottom in shallow channels.

Spring won’t arrive until March 20. There’s still a good chance a grumpy Old Man Winter has a few tricks up his sleeves. Remember last winter’s brutal snowstorm didn’t slam us until April?

Thank goodness, though, we have the Army Corps of Engineers out there working for us and keeping track of water levels, which are important to our economy and our quality of life. The warning signs better prepare us on how to deal with the situations we’ll be facing. Beach-lovers and recreational boaters should be following the forecasts laid out by the Army Corps of Engineers. The same would be a wise move on the part of commercial shippers.