Winter Storm Hits Marquette County and Other Parts of Upper Peninsula

Heavy snowing continues in Marquette County this afternoon. The other parts of the Northern and Western Upper Peninsula have also reported heavy snow.

On Tuesday, Northern Michigan University canceled its classes and has decided to cancel its evening classes.

The Marquette County Courthouse shut at 2:30 due to bad weather conditions, concluding all court proceedings for the day. The Marquette-Alger Community Action Agency also canceled its delivery of meals on Tuesday, instead urging seniors to use emergency meal supplies. 

As of 10 AM of this morning, the National Weather Service had recorded seven inches in the city of Marquette, 8.9 inches of snowfall in Harvey, and 21 inches of snow at a site four miles north of Negaunee. 

Alger County:

Total snow accumulation of 4 to 10 inches has been speculated, the greatest west of Munising. It can make traveling pretty much challenging. The situation is going to have a severe impact on evening commuting. Heavy snowfall may arrive between 4 PM and 5 PM EST and will continue through 10 PM EST this evening. Snowfall rates of 1 – 2 inches per hour would occur during that period, making traveling difficult. In addition, northerly winds will become turbulent up to 35 mph tonight, reducing visibility significantly. 

Marquette and Baraga Counties:

Snow accumulations of 6 to 14 inches, most remarkable in the higher terrain from Herman to the Dead River Storage Basin, to Negaunee and Ishpeming. Traveling could become a challenging task. Areas affected by blowing snow would suffer reduced visibility, precisely at night. The severe conditions will impact the evening traveling. Chills as low as below 20 late at night can lead to hypothermia if enough precautions are not taken. Hefty snowfall is expected to occur between 4 PM and 10 PM EST. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2, possibly as much as 3 inches per hour, would occur during that period. 

Delta, Dickinson, Menominee, Southern Schoolcraft Counties:

Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches of snow are expected, greatest along and north of Highway US-2. Sleet may amalgamate with the snow around Menominee. The critical conditions would hamper the evening commute. Major Snow accumulation would take place between 2 PM and 7 PM EST. Snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will be possible at times.