Heavy Snow and High Winds Northern Michigan Faces Blizzard Conditions

Heavy Snow and High Winds: Northern Michigan Faces Blizzard Conditions

Earlier today, MLive Chief Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa informed us about the Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories that were in effect for the Upper Peninsula and areas of Northern Michigan in anticipation of an impending winter storm system that is expected to bring heavy, wet snow to the region.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Blizzard Warnings for two counties in the Upper Peninsula, which are expected to bear the brunt of the harsh weather.

Blizzard warnings? What about in April? It is not uncommon, particularly in the northern portions of the Upper Peninsula. But it’s also not what you expect when the calendar changes to spring.

Here’s everything we know:

  1. Marquette and Baraga counties have been raised to Blizzard Warnings. This is due to a mix of heavy, wet snow falling at the same time as severe winds are predicted for those areas, according to NWS meteorologists in Marquette.
  2. The Blizzard Warnings will last for 24 hours: Tonight until 8 p.m. Wednesday
    Wind gusts might reach 45 mph, with the greatest winds near the Lake Superior shoreline.
  3.  Motorists may encounter whiteout conditions in open areas. Visibility may be a quarter mile or less.
  4. This system is capable of handling heavy snow. A foot or so of snow around the Superior shoreline, and about two feet in inland locations at higher elevations.
    Power disruptions are also probable due to the heavy wind gusts.

“Travel should be restricted to emergencies only,” NWS authorities stated. “If you must travel, bring a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay in your vehicle.”


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