Storm hits region

MARQUETTE – Residents in many parts of the central Upper Peninsula woke up today to streets and roads packed with several inches of fresh snow, but state police said the storm Sunday and overnight into today resulted in only a couple of minor accidents reported.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township said the highest reported storm snowfall totals over the past 24 hours were from west of Marquette where about 10 inches of snow had fallen.

NWS meteorologist Keith Cooley said winds were expected to shift today to produce snow in other areas, but not Marquette. A total of 8 inches of snow had fallen in Harvey by this morning.

Areas east of Marquette reported less of the light, fluffy snowfall. Grand Marais had 6.5 inches of snow, Munising, 6 inches and Newberry 4.7 inches.

At the NWS office in Negaunee Township, 6.9 inches of snow fell, far below the record of 17.6 inches of snow for the day, set in 1983.

So far this season, the office has measured 38.6 inches of snow there, which is just over a foot below the average seasonal snowfall of 50.9 inches.

Michigan State Police troopers from the post in Negaunee Township said the storm produced only a couple of minor reports of cars off the road this morning. No injuries were reported.

Scattered snow showers were predicted for this afternoon in Marquette County, becoming isolated snow showers overnight. Cooley said roughly an inch of additional snowfall was expected.

Temperatures were expected to warm Tuesday to around 24 degrees, with a 50 percent chance of snow forecast.

Heavier snow accumulations could be headed to the central U.P. later in the week.

Cooley said a new system is predicted to reach the area Wednesday bringing snowfall for Wednesday and Thursday into Thursday night.

“Right now, we have maybe a few inches in the forecast,” Cooley said. “But it’s hard to predict snowfall totals that far out.”

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.