By LISA M. REED
IRON MOUNTAIN - Three to five inches of snow fell in Dickinson and Iron counties Wednesday; now, the cold weather will settle in for the next few days.
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Kelly Poupore, left, and Elizabeth Early, both of Iron Mountain, brave the weather conditions as they walk on West Hughitt Street in Iron Mountain Wednesday afternoon.
Jane Marie Wix, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Marquette, said the snow storm moved from Wisconsin starting around 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
"There was pretty widespread and heavy snow during the day and very breezy conditions and a lot of blowing snow," she said. "Drifting, white-out conditions were pretty impactful and during the late evening and overnight hours, north wind gusts of 17 mph to 20 mph during the day transitioned to the north-northeast at 23 mph to 26 mph around midnight."
Winds decreased after midnight along with the snow, except for the lake effect snow near Lake Superior.
The National Weather Service reports the following snowfall amounts in the last 24 hours: Iron Mountain-Kingsford, 5.4 inches; Stambaugh, 3 inches; Bark River, 5.2 inches; Escanaba, 5.6 inches; Marquette, 17 inches in 24 hours; south of Grand Marais, 14 inches; Munising, 14.1 inches; Mohawk, 7 inches; Atlantic Mine, 8 inches; Herman, located in higher terrain in Baraga County, 12.1 inches; and Watton in the southwestern corner of Baraga County, 2.1 inches.
"Radar estimates, which panned out pretty well, look like most of the Iron Mountain area received four to six inches of snow," Wix said. "Estimates are three to four inches of snow in Iron County."
Expect breezy conditions today and winds to continue out of the northwest at 12 mph to 13 mph.
"The area could see gusts higher than yesterday up to 20 mph during the day. Near Lake Superior, they will obviously be much higher," Wix said.
Due to Arctic air creating low wind chill readings tonight and Friday morning, Florence and northern Marinette County are under a wind chill advisory from midnight tonight until noon on Friday.
The cold air over the state of Wisconsin will combine with moderate west to northwest winds to drop and wind chill values well below zero later today and tomorrow.
With wind chill readings 25 below to 30 below zero, frostbite can set in within 30 minutes. Hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Those who venture outside should wear a hat and gloves.
Cold Arctic air out of Canada and north-to-northeast winds are expected through the weekend, Wix said.
"The coldest will probably be Friday night," she said.
Overnight lows tonight will be in the negative single digits for Dickinson County, and 11 or 12 degrees below zero in Iron County.
"With the winds, there's a good chance windchills could be negative 20 to 25 in Iron County and negative teens in Dickinson County," Wix said.
Temperatures are expected to be zero to a high of 2 above on Friday in Iron County, and five above in Dickinson County.
A warm-up is expected on Saturday with 9 to 11 degrees above zero.
Lake effect snow will occur through the weekend with the next chance for snow Saturday night and Sunday.
Wix said snow accumulations of a half an inch or less is expected at that time.
Law enforcement did not report any serious accidents from the snow storm on Wednesday and overnight.
Many schools in the U.P., except in Dickinson and Iron counties, were closed today. School districts in Florence County and northern Marinette County are also open today.
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