Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Extremely low wind chills and snowy conditions have resulted in schools closings once again around the U.P. All schools in the region are closed today as wind chills are being reported around 25 to 35 below in many areas.
Occasionally heavy lake effect snow will continue along the Lake Superior shoreline. The National Weather Service in Negaunee Township says to expect accumulations of 1 to 4 inches through this morning with heavier snowfall in the snow belt areas east of Marquette into Alger and northern Schoolcraft Counties.
North to northwest winds gusting up to 45 mph are leading to significant blowing and drifting snow with very low visibilities. Whiteout conditions are expected to continue through this morning along shoreline areas.
Snow and blowing snow has resulted in some difficult travel conditions. M-28 remains closed from Kawbawgam Road in Marquette County to Munising with whiteout conditions. State Police at Regional Dispatch in Negaunee say reopening of the road will be evaluated this morning and roads all across the Upper Peninsula are snow covered and slippery.
The Weather Service is reminding people that wind chills through this morning can produce frostbite on exposed skin in a matter of minutes and people need to dress accordingly as they head outside.
Strong winds are also creating problems on waterways. Waves as high as 12 to 17 feet are expected to continue along the Lake Superior shoreline through tonight.
The highest waves will occur through late this morning. Beach erosion and flooding of low-lying areas along the shore is expected. Flooding will also continue along the Au Train River in Alger County due to ice buildup near the mouth of the river.