Bitter cold grips region


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – With the coldest temperatures yet to come, a windchill advisory remains in effect for the area through noon Tuesday.

Todd Kluber, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Marquette, said temperatures were below zero in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area this morning. The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Wastewater Treatment Plant recorded a low of 7 degrees below zero.

Winds were between 10 and 15 mph, and wind chills of 25 to 30 below were reported in Marquette to Escanaba west.

Kluber said it was 10 below in Ironwood with a wind chill of 35 below zero.

“Right now, a wind chill advisory is in effect through the first part of Tuesday,” he said.

A wind chill advisory remains in effect for northern Marinette County as well.

Kluber added temperatures will not warm up too much today.

“A high around zero this afternoon, and temperatures will drop a decent amount more tonight, and will be 15 degrees below zero,” he said.

Wind chills of 30 to 35 below zero tonight will last until the early morning hours on Tuesday.

Cold temperatures will be uniform throughout Dickinson, Iron, and Menominee counties.

Temperatures will warm up to just above zero during the day on Tuesday.

“It will be another cold night Tuesday, but without the winds. It will be a low of 15 degrees below zero, but we are expecting low winds of 5 mph,” Kluber said.

A high of 10 degrees above zero is expected for Wednesday with a gradual warm-up to near normal temperatures by the weekend. Normal is highs in the 20s.

Kluber said there is little chance of snow early this week in the south central U.P., but lake effect snow is expected in areas around Lake Superior.

There is a slight chance of snow showers during the day on Thursday.

The temperature change is due to a dry pattern of cold, dry air from Canada.

The National Weather Service issues a windchill advisory when windchills are expected to be 25 degrees below zero.

“Avoid going outside or limit outdoor activity. Try to stay in a warm location, and check on individuals who might need assistance,” Kluber said. “Bundle up exposed skin. The range for frostbite on exposed skin is in less than 30 minutes.”

All area schools closed today due to the below zero temperatures and wind chills.

Elsewhere, Cloverland Electric Cooperative line crews at Dafter responded to a downed transmission line early Sunday morning. The power outage affected the city of St. Ignace, Mackinac Island, the Gros Cap area and Moran Township.

The outage happened at 2:15 a.m. Sunday when a line connector failed causing the high-voltage transmission line to burn down near the cooperative’s St. Ignace substation. Wind and weather were also factors.

The downed line caused the breakers in the substation to go offline. Approximately 2,000 homes and businesses were affected.

Crews worked through the night to restore power. Power was restored to the majority of affected services by 7:45 a.m. Sunday. Approximately, 100 services in the Gros Cap area remained without power until 10 a.m. when crews were able to make repairs to the line serving that area.

The transmission line is owned by the Wisconsin-based American Transmission Company.

Cloverland Electric Cooperative serves approximately 42,000 homes and businesses in Chippewa, Delta, Mackinac, Luce, and Schoolcraft counties.

In Wisconsin, cold weather is believed to be a factor in the death of a 77-year-old Illinois woman.

Authorities in Lafayette County say Mary Scudder of Freeport, Ill., was found dead in Wisconsin’s Argyle Township on Saturday evening.

She was found about 30 feet from her car.

An autopsy is being planned, and the cause of her death is being investigated, but the initial investigation shows exposure to the elements was a factor. Temperatures in the area were in the 20s and 30s, with lows dipping into the teens.