Area spared full impact of storm

ESCANABA — A late-season winter storm hit the Upper Peninsula Thursday with a wintry mix of precipitation. The local area was not as heavily affected by the storm as other parts of the peninsula.

Jordan Wendt, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) Marquette Office, said this started off as a snowstorm.

“The (water) treatment plant had three (inches) this morning,” he said regarding snowfall in Escanaba.

This was far from the largest snowfall total recorded as a result of the storm in the U.P. According to the information available to the NWS this morning, the counties of Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Baraga and Marquette received five to seven inches of snow.

By Thursday night, snowfall began changing to freezing rain. The shift started in the eastern U.P. and gradually moved west.

“It started transitioning sometime between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. last night,” Wendt said. He based this on observations from the Delta County Airport.

In the near future, Wendt said the U.P. is unlikely to receive additional winter storm activity.