Ralph Ansami/Daily Globe
THE MONTREAL River is mostly ice- and slush-covered at the Hurley-Ironwood border bridge on Silver Street on a sunny Friday. With 32 inches of snow on the ground, area officials are keeping their fingers crossed for a gradual melt to prevent flooding.
First, the good news: There's no chance of snow or rain today or Sunday in Ironwood and the high will reach 46 degrees.
Then, the bad news: There's a 90 percent chance of precipitation on Monday and Tuesday. With a high of around 40 predicted, it would likely come down as rain, but it could create more of the slush that made driving hazardous on Thursday evening.
Ironwood received a mix of rain and snow into Thursday evening, with .39 inch of precipitation recorded at the Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Treatment Plant off Cloverland Drive. It included 3.1 inches of heavy snow.
Side streets were rutted and slushy after the latest snowfall, as there's still 32 inches of snow on the ground across the Gogebic Range.
Marenisco police are advising people to stay off Lake Gogebic with vehicles, where the perch fishing has been excellent, but vehicles have been getting stuck in slush all week long (See story page 16).
The surface of Lake Superior was safer at Saxon Harbor Friday, where scores of fishermen were out on the ice trying to entice a salmon or trout into striking.
WGN-TV in Chicago reported it's expected to warm up to 65 degrees for the White Sox opener on Monday, but the forecaster there said there were four possible storms on the way.
Today's all-time high in Ironwood over the past 110 years is a balmy 78 recorded in 1910.
Seasonal snowfall in Ironwood stands at 157.7 inches, compared to 163.7 inches a year ago.