By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - Spring weather is expected to return to Dickinson and Iron counties this weekend, but residents will first have to endure some cold temperatures and a winter storm.
Megan Dodson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Marquette, reported that the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area saw a record low of five degrees this morning. The previous record low for April 15 was set in 1943 at seven degrees, she said.
Temperatures will remain below normal today and tonight, with a high of 30 degrees and a low of 12 degrees predicted.
A winter storm watch is currently in effect for Dickinson, Iron, and Florence counties from 10 a.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday.
Dodson said that southern Dickinson County should see between three to five inches of a snow/rain mix, while northern Dickinson County and Iron County may see six to seven inches of snow.
NWS warns that roads could become snow-covered and slippery, leading to hazardous travel conditions.
According to Dodson, milder weather should begin Friday, with sunny skies and high temperatures in the 40s forecasted throughout the weekend. Monday's high temperature should be in the low 50s.
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