April 20, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 93

Spring snow smothers area

IRONWOOD — Blizzard-like conditions dumped more than 17 inches of snow across the Gogebic Range Thursday and Friday and it continued to snow heavily into the night.

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Paul Steiger of Bessemer shovels snow from under his stuck vehicle Friday on Aurora Street in downtown Ironwood. The SUV has new tires, but the snow was like concrete, he said. Steiger said he went to order pasties, expecting to be snowed in for the night.

Winds up to 40 mph whipped around the snow and created white-outs, making driving nearly impossible.

A total of 7 inches of snow fell for the 24-hour period to 7 a.m. Friday in Ironwood and it snowed much more after that, sending the seasonal snow total near the 200-inch mark. As of 7 a.m. Friday, it stood at 189.7 inches.

Gogebic Range schools were closed Friday, extending a string of winter snow cancellations well into sprin...