Western UP avoids blow of recent erratic weather

Jess Makela/Mining Journal A Smith Construction plow truck clears snow from a parking lot in Marquette on Tuesday morning. The Marquette area was battered with wind Monday and dumped with snow Tuesday.

The erratic early spring weather will still be unsettled the remainder of the week into next week, but warmer-than-normal temperatures will prevail in parts of the Copper Country for at least a couple days.

Jaclyn Ritzman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, said the high winds which hit the Negaunee and Marquette area Monday missed the Copper Country because this area was on the northern edge of a warm front, which pulled warm, moist air to the east and central parts of the Upper Peninsula.

Ritzman said the snow and other precipitation which fell in parts of the Copper Country Tuesday should be gone today.

“Wednesday looks dry,” she said. “We’re going to be pretty much dry through most of the week.”

However, Ritzman said beginning Friday, the chances of precipitation increase, with the best chance on Saturday morning.

“It’s looking pretty likely,” she said. “We have a 60 percent chance (of rain). You could hear a few rumbles of thunder.”

Thunderstorms should stay to the south of Houghton, however, Ritzman said.

High temperatures should be in the low 50s and upper 40s through Wednesday and Thursday, Ritzman said. Friday and Saturday highs should be in the mid to upper 50s and maybe even reach 60 degrees.

Beginning Sunday through Tuesday, Ritzman said highs will be in the mid 40s.

For the next week, Ritzman said no severe weather is forecast for the Copper Country.