Upper Peninsula receives its first amount of significant snowfall for the season


 Parts of the Upper Peninsula have received up to three inches of snow. Kevin Corkin travels the U.P. alot with his job as District Scout Executive for Bay Lakes Council. He captured this photo in Houghton Monday night.

Listen to interview with Meteorologist Steve Fleegel at the National Weather Service in Negaunee

NEGAUNEE – Parts of the Upper Peninsula are seeing the first significant snowfall of the season this morning. Meteorologist Steve Fleegel at the National Weather Service in Negaunee said some areas have as much as three inches of snow.

“The greatest amounts have been over the western parts of the U.P. where they had a little bit of lake enhanced snow during the afternoon and evening hours yesterday that kind of helped out the totals there,” Fleegel said early this morning. “Here at our office in Negaunee Township, we’ve gotten under a half an inch so far but we are still see snow out there at this time.”

The snow has captured the attention of the Weather Channel. They have been broadcasting from the Upper Peninsula for the past two days. Fleegel says it is not unusual to have this much snow in October.

“If you look back at the past 50 or so years our average first inch of snow is actually today on the 22nd of October. So, for this area it is not overall that unusual. We are actually a little bit behind,” Fleegel said.

It won’t be sticking around. Fleegel said it will get warm enough to melt the snow but will remain cold enough this week for additional snow that could add another inch or two.

Here are the Monday and Tuesday totals in inches from the National Weather Service in Negaunee:

Houghton County
4.6 in Jacobsville
4.0 in Atlantic Mine
3.0 east of Houghton

Iron County
1.0 in Stambaugh

Schoolcraft County
1.5 in Cooks

Baraga County
2.0 in Michigamme
1.6 in Watton

Marquette County
1.3 in Marquette
1.1 in Clarksburg

Gogebic County
2.0 in Ironwood
1.8 in Watersmeet

Ontonagon County
2.0 in Greenland
1.8 in Paulding

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