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Friday snow, rain brings record precipitation


October 31, 2017

Ralph Ansami/Daily Globe

TWO GURNEY, Wis., area residents were hospitalized around 7:45 a.m. Monday when the vehicle they were riding in went out of control on ice on the railroad overpass bridge on U.S. 2 in Saxon, about a mile east of Wisconsin 122. The vehicle ended up on the bottom of an embankment on its roof. Hurley School District teacher Aaron Bender and his daughter, Darian, received non-life threatening injuries, but required hospitalization.


Ironwood - The 8 inches of snow that fell when rain turned into snow on Friday set an Oct. 28 record for Ironwood, according to the National Weather Service office in Marquette.

The snow was recorded at the Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Treatment Plant on the Montreal River off Cloverland Drive for the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Another 2 inches fell for the 24-hour period to 7 a.m. Sunday, making the weekend's snowfall 10 inches.

About half of Friday's wet stuff fell as rain and the precipitation total of 1.63 inches for the period also set a single-day record.

Precipitation for October now stands at 5.59 inches, compared to the 116-year average of 3.67 inches.

The monthly record snowfall through Oct. 30 is the 26.7 inches that was measured in 1967, according to the NWS.

Gile, Wis., received about a foot of snow in the first blast of winter.

More snow is in the forecast for the rest of the week as the cold spell continues. The Gogebic Range continues to dig out from the heavy weekend snow that caused dozens of fender benders, numerous downed trees and scattered power outages.

One to 3 inches of snow was predicted for Monday, when it began snowing heavily in the afternoon, and another 1 to 3 inches was in the forecast for Wednesday, with flurries likely on Thursday and Friday.

Although the snow had been removed from area highways by Monday morning, the icy railroad bridge over U.S. 2 in Saxon caused an accident when a vehicle slid on the ice down an embankment and flipped on its roof.

Hurley School District teacher Aaron Bender and his daughter, Darian, received non-threatening injuries. The temperature at that time was around 32 degrees and law enforcement officers warn that the bridges are likely to be slippery throughout the week with the cold weather.

The Ironwood Public Safety Department received a 5:45 p.m. Friday report of a tree falling on a house at 118 Poplar St. Xcel Energy was notified.

The dispatch service for the IPSD also received a Sunday complaint that a power line was down at 905 Washington St. around 5:10 p.m. The residents there were told to stay in the house until Xcel workers could arrive to make repairs.

The IPSD had a few minor weather-related traffic accidents during the storm and one incident of a vehicle spinning out and hitting the ditch on black ice.

IPSD officers were called to assist the Hurley Police Department in an 11:45 p.m. Saturday rollover accident on U.S. 2, at the Center Drive intersection in the Kimball area. The Hurley Fire Department assisted as two people had to be extricated from the vehicle.


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