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Worst of storm misses area

December 10, 2012
The Daily News

By The Daily News Staff

& The Associated Press

IRON MOUNTAIN - Dickinson County area law enforcement officials reported no serious accidents from the weekend snowfall.

Undersheriff Scott Rutter reported there were several vehicles in the ditch as motorists adjusted their driving to the snowy-covered roads.

The local area received approximately 2 inches of snow from the snow that fell from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.

The National Weather Service in Marquette reported that from Sunday through Monday morning the Iron Mountain area had reports of 2 inches of snowfall. Those measurements are taken at Ford Airport.

At the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Wastewater Treatment Plant, there was 2 1/2 inches of snow recorded for Sunday and 3/4 of an inch of snow on Saturday.

Other areas reports included Norway with 2.7 inches, Iron River with 1.5 inches, Menominee to Stephenson, 4 inches, southern Marquette County, 2 inches, Delta and Menominee County line on M-35, 3.8 inches.

The National Weather Service reports there could be a dusting of snow tonight with a chance of snow on Friday.

Elsewhere, Snow plow drivers worked to clear roads of more than a foot of snow that fell in western Wisconsin.

Some school districts canceled classes Monday, including Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Barron. Heavy, steady snow Sunday fell across Minnesota and western Wisconsin, with totals lighter south of the Chippewa Valley.

The winter-like weather caused numerous accidents, including a jackknifed semi that closed a westbound lane of Interstate 94 near Menomonie about 2 a.m. Monday.

The storm had less of an impact in southern Wisconsin. The Dane County Regional Airport had about 3 1/2 inches of snow Sunday night.

In the Lower Peninsula, snow and freezing rain moved across the state, causing crashes and injuries in western Michigan.

The system dropped at least 16 inches of snow on Minneapolis on Sunday, the city's heaviest snowfall since a blizzard two years ago caused the Metrodome roof to collapse. This time around, stadium officials resorted to blasting the heat in an effort to melt snow from the roof as quickly as possible.

Blizzard conditions, blowing and drifting snow made visibility so poor that the state Department of Transportation pulled snowplows off some highways in southwest and west Minnesota on Sunday afternoon.



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