Storm warning issued
Another round of severe winter weather appears headed for the region today into Sunday, with this system expected to bring as much as a foot of new snow in the wake of Wednesday’s storm, forecasters said.
The National Weather Service office in Marquette has issued a winter storm warning from 6 p.m. today through noon Central time Sunday for Dickinson, Iron, Menominee, Delta and Gogebic counties in the Upper Peninsula, along with Florence and Marinette counties in Wisconsin starting at 3 p.m. Central time.
Their forecast calls for 9 to 12 inches of snow in the U.P. counties, plus ice and mixed precipitation.
The new storm arrives after a pre-Thanksgiving storm dropped heavy, wet snow across northern Wisconsin and much of the Upper Peninsula.
Thousands of customers were without power and it wasn’t until Friday that We Energies crews finished restoring service to the hardest-hit areas.
By late Friday, only isolated outages remained after more than 1,000 Wisconsin and U.P. customers lacked power earlier in the day.
The storm’s impact was felt across the region, with heavy damage delivered to portions of Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette.
“Marquette is underwater, literally and financially,” City Commissioner Andrew Lorinser told the Mining Journal on Thursday. “Solutions are necessary but expensive. The city needs to have serious discussion on the future of our shoreline. The devastation will only continue.”
More than 20 inches of snow fell in parts of Houghton County, where Upper Peninsula Power Co. stated the number of reported outages peaked at 7,000 on Wednesday.
Working through high winds in southeast Wisconsin and heavy snow to the north, crews restored power for more than 50,000 We Energies customers across Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.