UPDATE — 4:50 PM Thursday, February 19, 2015 (EST)
Officials say M-28 from Kawbawgam Road in Marquette to Munising is scheduled to reopen at 5:00 pm.
UPDATE — 5:58 AM Thursday, February 19, 2015 (EST)
Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Post say that M-28 between Kawbawgam Road and Munising has been closed once again Thursday morning. The decision was made by State Police and the Alger and Marquette County Road Commissions due to worsening weather conditions, including high winds, poor road conditions, and low visibility. Officials will re-evaluate the road conditions at mid-day.
UPDATE — 9:00 PM Friday, February 18, 2015 (EST)
Officials will re-open M-28 from Marquette at Kawbawgam Road to Munising at 9:30 p.m.
Snow has picked up in Alger County, which is under a winter weather advisory until 7am Thursday. The Alger County Sheriff’s Department is in the process of closing M-28 from Marquette at Kawbawgam Road to Munising.
South of M-28, M-94 from Marquette through Alger County is also hazardous with reported white out conditions. Multiple vehicles are pulled over to the side of the road. Conditions change rapidly due to a large lake effect snow band. M-94 remains open at this time, but drivers are cautioned to slow down and drive safely.
A very heavy lake effect snow band has moved in from offshore. Very poor visibility is expected due to heavy snow and blowing snow.
According to the National Weather Service – Marquette, whiteout conditions were reported just west of Munising on M-28. Travel is very dangerous between AuTrain, Shingleton, and Melstrand.
For the rest of us, today will be just cold. A wind chill advisory in effect from 3am to 12pm for all western U.P. counties. Tomorrow temps plummet to -18 degrees.