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First day of spring?

NWS: Mother Nature’s cruel joke about played out

March 20, 2013
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer (khauglie@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The weather system bringing heavy snow to parts of the Copper Country is about played out, which is good since today is the first day of spring.

Megan Dodson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, said snowfall amounts from the storm as of Tuesday evening include 8 inches in Mohawk, 6.9 inches in Baraga to 12 inches in Ontonagon.

Dodson said as of 7:30 a.m. today she had no snowfall report for the Hancock/Houghton area.

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Meagan Stilp/Daily Mining Gazette
A snowbank partially covers a parking sign in front of the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton this morning. Despite being the first day of spring today, a winter storm caused closures and cancellations throughout the Copper Country.

Along the "spine" of the Keweenaw Peninsula today, Dodson said snowfall should be about 3 inches.

"We're expecting the snow showers to be pretty light," she said. "It looks like the snow is going to continue into tonight and tomorrow. Winds are going to be pretty gusty today."

Wind speeds will range from 30 mph in the Hancock/Houghton area to 35 mph at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Dodson said.

The temperature will be in the 20s today, but Dodson said normal highs for March 20 are about 34 degrees.

A high-pressure system is moving into the area, Dodson said, which should mean clearer skies toward the end of the week.

"We might get to see some sun over the weekend," she said.

Dennis Harbour, superintendent of the Copper Country Intermediate School District, said schools are closed in Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties.

Although it isn't in the CCISD, Harbour said Ontonagon County schools are closed, also.

As of today, Harbour said schools in the CCISD have to make up one day. The state of Michigan forgives about 40 hours of lost instruction per school year, which works out to about six school days.

The majority of schools in the (CC)ISD will have to make up one day," he said.

Harbour said he's been involved with local schools since 1987, and this year has been the busiest for school closings.

"As far back as I can remember, this is the most we've had days off," he said.

 
 

 

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