MARQUETTE -A massive winter storm that buried portions of northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula dropped a record snowfall on the Marquette area Wednesday and forced closures and cancellations across the county.
The storm caused near-whiteout conditions late Wednesday morning and into the afternoon and, according to the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, 7.7 inches of snow fell, breaking the old record of 4.4 inches.
Though Marquette residents found themselves digging out from under the snow Wednesday night and this morning, they had an easier time than some in the U.P.
At left, traffic on Marquette’s North Front Street Wednesday crawls along as a winter storm dumps nearly a foot of snow on the area. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Many areas along the Wisconsin border saw 8 to 12 inches and about 16 inches collected in the Iron Mountain area, according to Megan Babich, a meteorologist with the NWS in Negaunee Township.
She said the system was moving from northern Wisconsin toward lower Michigan and that Marquette caught just the edge of the storm, which weakened as it crept northward. Babich also said the late season snowfall may have just begun.
"We get to have another system come through (Friday) night on a similar path," Babich said. "We're expecting a storm total from (Friday) afternoon through Saturday of about 8 to 9 inches for most of the U.P."
Alger County sheriff's deputies said some reports of trucks having difficulty negotiating slick roads on hills were received and one rollover accident was reported along Alger County Highway 58. Blowing and drifting snow caused some intermittent difficulty for motorists traveling along M-28, near the Lake Superior shoreline.
Michigan State Police troopers from the Negaunee regional post said no serious traffic accidents were reported Wednesday.
Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.