By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - After a week of warm, spring-like conditions, winter weather has returned to the area.
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Law enforcement officers and tow truck personnel respond to a multiple vehicle accident on U.S. 2 near Bay West in Iron Mountain this morning. No information on injuries was immediately available from the Iron Mountain Police Department. Several other minor accidents were reported this morning, as winter weather conditions returned to the area.
Residents in Dickinson and Iron counties woke this morning to find that three to four inches of snow had fallen overnight.
Todd Kluber, meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Marquette, said that overnight snow totals across the area included three inches in Iron River, 3.1 inches in Norway, 3.7 inches in northern Breitung Township, and four inches in Kingsford.
The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Wastewater Treatment Plant in Breitung Township recorded 3.5 inches of snow.
Conditions caused area schools to either delay or cancel classes today. Local law enforcement reported some minor accidents, due to the snow-covered and slippery roads.
According to Kluber, the heaviest snowfall in the Upper Peninsula occurred in Alger County. Grand Marais reported 7.5 inches of snow, he said.
Although snow in the local area was expected to taper off this morning, NWS warned that gusty winds will continue to create blowing and drifting snow throughout the day. Visibilities may be reduced to less than three-quarters of a mile at times.
High temperatures over the next several days will only reach into the low 30s.
Kluber said that the next chance for significant snowfall will be Wednesday afternoon. The local area could see between three to five inches of snow with that storm, he added.
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