Snow and more snow

Winter storm forecast today, could come Saturday as well

THE IRON MOUNTAIN DEPARTMENT of Public Works cleans up snow in the parking lot at the corner of East Hughitt and Iron Mountain streets. More snow was on the way today. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — A winter storm warning will be in effect for much of the region until 9 p.m. today, with total snow accumulations of 5 to 7 inches possible in the Dickinson County area.

A second storm, expected to include freezing rain Saturday night, could bring another round of significant snow this weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Marquette.

Winds may gust as high as 25 mph today, with heavy snow expected from midday through the evening. The second storm, also with heavy snow and strong winds, is possible Saturday night through Sunday.

Conditions should be calm both Thursday and Friday, with highs in the low 30s, forecasters say.

Residents in parts of Minnesota and western Wisconsin were warned that today’s storm could produce up to 9 inches of snow. Minneapolis and St. Paul schools were among scores of districts that canceled classes.

The storm began in the southern High Plains on Monday night and has been moving northeast since.

The second storm, expected to bring cold and heavy snow to parts of Arizona, may follow a similar path, swinging onto the Plains this weekend and tracking toward the Great Lakes, AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Anderson said.

“At this time, areas from northwestern Kansas to central Nebraska, northwestern Iowa, southeastern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan have the potential to receive a general 6 to 12 inches of snow, with locally higher amounts,” Anderson said. A shift in the storm’s track is still possible, but it may be stronger with high winds, he said.