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Weekend could bring significant snow to region

IRON MOUNTAIN — Snow arriving Friday night will affect travel across the Upper Peninsula, the National Weather Service advised today.

The storm carries the potential for moderate to possibly heavy snow in much of the region, mainly Friday night into Saturday, forecasters said.

From 7 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Saturday, about 4 to 12 inches could fall in the Iron Mountain area, according to accuweather.com. NWS forecasters predict 3 to 5 inches Friday night plus an undetermined amount Saturday.

Strong winds could accompany the storm with gusts as high as 25 mph Friday night into Saturday. After today’s bitter wind chills, high temperatures should climb into the 20s on Friday, and 30 on Saturday.

Calm conditions are expected in the Dickinson County area Sunday, with a high near 18.

Arctic air coming behind the system Saturday night into Sunday carries the potential for moderate to heavy lake effect snow near Lake Superior.

“Blustery northwest winds gusting at or above 30 mph along with fluffier lake effect snow will also cause considerable blowing and drifting of snow and lowered visibilities Saturday night into Sunday for the northwest wind snow belts,” the weather service said.

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