The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office Hunter Safety Class at Negaunee High School is cancelled for tonight. The class will be rescheduled at a later date.
Many schools in the central Upper Peninsula, as well as in other areas, were closed today after the first winter storm of the season ripped through the area Wednesday.
Snow totals from a dusting to 8-10 inches have been reported. Some areas are still without power as the storm blew trees onto power lines last night. Utility crews, law enforcement agencies and road crews have worked throughout the night to clear power lines and roads.
The first blast of winter to roll through the Copper Country has area residents cleaning up and carrying on. The higher elevations received the heaviest snow fall as usual. US-41 in Calumet was nearly impassable by 5pm yesterday afternoon. As of early this morning, those roads in northern Houghton County remained mostly snow covered.
One group of people were especially excited to see the first snow of the year…children. Kids were out well into the evening, taking advantage of the good-packing snow to build snowmen, mini-igloos, and—of course—some long-awaited snowball fights.
For customers who lost power yesterday, the first snowstorm wasn’t as much fun. UPPCO is reporting nearly 15-hundred customers in the Keweenaw are without power this morning.
Last report showed nearly 400 customers without power in Copper Harbor…not a huge number, but considering the sparse population—that’s 98% of the area blacked-out. Mohawk has more than 900 customers without power or 65% of its area.
Tune in for the AccuWeather forecast tonight on ABC 10 News Now at 5:30 p.m. for what the storm has left to offer, and what to expect from the weather for the weekend.