From record highs to winter blasts

Weather causes poor driving conditions, school cancellations

MARQUETTE — From a record high to a frigid night, Marquette has experienced plenty of ups and downs in the weather recently.

Tuesday saw a record high temperature of 57 degrees, which is 28 degrees above the normal high temperature. The spring-like conditions were immediately followed by a drop in temperature Tuesday night to 15 degrees and snow.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Marquette had received 2.8 inches of snow, Harvey got 2.7 inches while U.S. 41 between Negaunee and Marquette received 4 inches.

Northwest winds upwards of 45 mph resulted in blowing snow near Lake Superior and caused low visibility, according to the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township.

The NWS advised that the strong winds could also result in minor lakeshore flooding and beach erosion.

Upper Peninsula schools including Marquette Area Public Schools, Negaunee Public Schools, Northern Michigan University, Gwinn Area Community Schools, NICE Community Schools and others were closed due to hazardous driving conditions.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, motorists are reminded to “follow Michigan’s Basic Speed Law, which requires them to drive at a ‘careful and prudent’ speed in all conditions.”

Temperatures are expected to start rising again today as indicated by the NWS website.


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