Spring storm packs a wallop


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – A spring snow storm brought between four to seven inches of wet, heavy snow to the Dickinson County area, and more than a foot of snow to areas west.

Mike Dutter, meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Marquette said that storm total snow accumulation, which includes snow from Wednesday, the overnight hours, and early today, was 5.3 inches in Iron Mountain and 5.4 inches in Norway.

The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Wastewater Treatment Plant in Breitung Township reported 4.8 inches of snow, while the West Iron County Sewer Authority in Caspian reported a foot of snow.

Dutter said that the greatest amounts of snow fell in the far western Upper Peninsula, with areas like Ironwood and Ontonagon receiving nearly 18 inches.

A winter storm warning remained in effect for Dickinson, Iron, and Florence counties until 1 p.m. today.

Most area schools were either canceled or delayed.

According to NWS, residents should see additional snow accumulation of one to three inches today.

NWS warns that travel will remain hazardous, due to the wet, heavy snow on the roadways.

Dutter said that temperatures should return to normal over the next few days. Highs in the lower 40s are predicted for Friday and Saturday, and highs in the 50s are expected for much of next week.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.