THE SUN sets on the Gile Flowage, off County C, near Hurley, on the last day of November, as captured by frequent Daily Globe photo contributor Gary Jackson. Although Monday was unseasonably warm, sub-zero weather is in the forecast and that will cause the unstable ice on the flowage to thicken, creating another hardwater fishing season.
From 4 to 8 inches of snow was predicted for tonight and Wednesday throughout the Gogebic Range and cold air is expected to follow.
The National Weather Service warned the snow could mix with rain, causing some potentially hazardous driving conditions.
A spokesman for the NWS said if the front shifts farther to the east, it could increase snowfall totals. The storm was moving out of the Rockies and tracking into the Upper Midwest, combining with moisture that was streaming up from the Gulf of Mexico.
Heavy, wet snow was predicted.
Bitter cold temperatures are forecast for Thursday and Friday, when the lows could drop to -8 degrees. There's no snow in the forecast for later in the week, however.
Mild temperatures over the weekend melted much of the early season snow across the area. There was only 7 inches on the ground at the official weather station in Ironwood as of 7 a.m. Monday.
City of Ironwood workers were called out late Saturday evening because freezing rain was causing slippery driving conditions. They sanded intersections.
The Ironwood Public Safety Department received a few snowplowing complaints over the weekend.
Ironwood has received 32.8 inches of snow this fall, with the first day of winter still nearly three weeks away.
November continued a 2013 trend of above average precipitation with nearly 4 inches, compared to the 100-year average of 2.7 inches.