Wind chill advisories return to Ironwood area
The Martin Luther King holiday brought a return of cold weather to the Gogebic Range Monday after a warm winter weekend.
Temperatures returned to around the zero mark and today's high was forecast at only 3 degrees.
There was only a slight chance of snow in the forecast, but lake-effect precipitation fell steady throughout Monday morning in downtown Ironwood.
The National Weather Service's Marquette office issued a wind chill advisory extending to 10 a.m. today, saying 20-below to 30-below readings were possible.
Overnight lows are expected to fall below zero throughout the week and the thermometer might not hit 20 again until Friday.
There's a 30 percent chance of snow Wednesday and 40 percent possibility on Friday, when warmer weather is expected to return.
The weekend high in Ironwood was 28 recorded on Sunday, when people shoveled out from the weekend's snowfalls and basked in some rare sunshine.
It's still early winter, but snow complaints continue to pile up at the Ironwood Public Safety Department office.
Officers ticketed eight vehicles for overnight parking violations from Friday through Monday.
The department also received some snowplowing-related complaints, including one on Saturday involving a Grant Street resident who acted as a human shield in front of a snowplow.
According to officers, the landlord of a residence had contracted a man to plow there, but the woman stood in front of the snowplow, blocking the snowplow driver from moving while he was crossways in the driveway.
When officers told the woman she could either allow the truck to plow or she would go to jail for creating a traffic hazard, she agreed to go inside the house.
An East Ayer Street resident complained Sunday that his neighbors were riding their snowmobile in the yard all day, a typical weather-related complaint handled by officers.
Ironwood received 13.4 inches of snow from Friday through 7 a.m. Monday, bringing the season's total to 86.3 inches.