Winter weather hits area, more to come

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Bark River-Harris School student Lance Guenette, left, and his friend Braden Cooper, a Holy Name Catholic School student, spend their snow day Tuesday afternoon tubing at the sledding hill at Ludington Park. Due to harsh weather conditions Tuesday, many of the area schools were canceled allowing a day of play for kids.

ESCANABA — Several inches of snow have fallen in Delta County over the past few days, and more snow is likely to hit the area later today.

According to Todd Kluber, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Marquette office, the storm that hit Delta County in the beginning of the week technically started Monday evening. However, not much snow fell that day — heavier snowfall began Tuesday morning, and continued into the early evening in most parts of the county.

“Basically, (it was) fairly steady through most of the afternoon, especially away from the shoreline,” Kluber said.

Temperatures also rose above freezing in some parts of Delta County Tuesday, primarily in areas bordering Lake Michigan. Because of this, snowfall in these areas either transitioned into a wintery mix or fully transitioned into rain during the mid- to late-afternoon hours.

Kluber said these relatively high temperatures, coupled with temperatures dropping below freezing overnight, may have also led to the formation of dangerous black ice in some areas.

“That’s why you can get the black ice situations,” he said.

The Escanaba Water Plant recorded an estimated total of 5 inches of snowfall from this storm as of Wednesday morning. Kluber said the National Weather Service has received reports that 3.3 inches of snow fell in Garden Corners, 4.2 inches fell in Cooks, 5 inches fell in Gladstone, Nahma, and a measuring station between Rapid River and Trenary, and 6 inches fell in Rock.

More snow is expected to fall in Delta County today.

“We’re looking at … 1 to 3 inches during the afternoon,” Kluber said.

According to the National Weather Service’s website, there is a 90 percent chance of precipitation in Manistique and Hannahville today, with 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation possible in both locations.

However, Kluber said that similar conditions are unlikely to impact the area for a while after Wednesday.

“After that, we don’t have any snow in the forecast for quite some time,” he said.

For more information, visit the Web site for the National Weather Service’s Marquette office at