Just before February gets out of here, Mother Nature has sent all of us a potent reminder of how a U.P. winter is supposed to look.

The snow has tapered off since noontime, but not before most of Gogebic County received 12 to 15 inches and most of Dickinson County received about a foot.

Even areas that only received two to four inches are hazardous because of high winds.

National Weather Service meteorologist Megan Babich says that’s all the snow the Keweenaw received, but the area is experiencing wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour.

The winds are creating whiteout conditions from blowing snow.

The National Weather Service is asking anyone who doesn’t have to drive to stay off the roads.

But they say that if you need to drive, you should keep your headlights on at all times.

At mid–afternoon, Babich says they’d measured four and a half inches of snow at their station in Negaunee Township from today’s storm.

Posted by: Mike Hoey