Digging Out from Winter Storm Draco

Winter Storm Draco has made its way through the Upper Peninsula, and over the last 24 hours the U.P. has been covered in snow.

Across the region, people have been digging out from under the first major snowstorm of the season.

Although the snow has let up, the storm dumped large amounts of white stuff from Ironwood to Kinross.

National Weather Service forecaster Mike Dutter says areas right along the immediate Lake Superior shoreline have only received an inch or two, and the Keweenaw hasn’t seen any more than three to five inches.

But he says almost everywhere else had at least six inches; he says their NWS weather station in Negaunee Township has had 16 inches of fresh powder.

While the last few winters have been mild by U.P. standards, the power of this storm serves as a reminder of what an Upper Michigan winter can be.

Dutter says this was one of the most widespread winter storms to hit the U.P. in the last several years.

He says Draco blanketed many areas that are outside the U.P.’s normal snow belts with 10 to 12 inches of snow.