Ice storm slams region

Motorists apparently heed humorous police advisory

An employee from the Marquette Downtown Development Authority plows a sidewalk on Fourth Street Sunday afternoon. (Journal photo by Taylor Johnson)

MARQUETTE — Freezing rain resulted in slippery road conditions over the weekend.

The Marquette County Central Dispatch put out a notice on Saturday advising the public not to drive unless absolutely necessary. “Stay home, make brownies, play with friends or family. Keep your Wordle statistics up, not ours,” they said in a Facebook post.

In a phone interview with The Mining Journal, officials there said they were pleased to report that there were no severe accidents due to the weather. They noted it seemed people stayed off the roads for the most part.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Tara Dudzik, Saturday brought freezing rain across the area. The south and southeast areas received more rain than other areas.

Early Sunday morning brought in colder weather causing a little bit of snow mixed with rain. As temperatures stayed around the high 20s into the 30s in the afternoon Sunday, the snow started melting, making the roads quite a slushy mess. Today, she said, we can expect a calmer, mostly cloudy day.

Taylor Johnson can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. Her email address is tjohnson@miningjournal.net.


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