Latest storm could dump up to a foot of snow in region

DAVE DAWE of Iron Mountain rides his bike up Breitung Avenue in Kingsford Monday afternoon. A set of major fat tires likely will be needed to navigate a bike in the area after today’s storm. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Eight to 12 inches of snow was expected today in Dickinson and Iron counties, with a winter storm warning in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The heaviest snow of more than an inch an hour was possible from late morning into the afternoon before gradually diminishing tonight, the National Weather Service said.

Travel will be difficult, as heavy snow and areas of blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility, forecasters advised. All area schools closed for the day and hundreds of schools were closed elsewhere across Michigan and Wisconsin.

Most Wisconsin counties are under a winter storm warning, with 7 to 12 inches of snow predicted in some areas.

Ice storm warnings were issued in parts of southeastern Michigan. The weather is hitting the region less than a week after crews restored power to those affected by recent ice storms.

Consumers Energy last week had more than 231,000 homes and businesses without power and says about 1,000 workers from eight states helped its crews. The utility says about 360 of those workers are staying in Michigan to deal with anticipated outages this week.

Locally, sunshine should make a brief return Wednesday, but with wind gusts as high as 25 mph. The predicted high is 26.

There is a 40 percent chance of snow Thursday, mainly after noon.