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Latest blast of snow sets record for April


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The Jack Kraemer Invitational set for May 6 at Longyear Field in Ironwood, above, has been postponed because the facility buried under several feel of snow.

IRONWOOD — The 9.3 inches of wet snow that fell Monday night and early Tuesday on Ironwood pushed April’s total to a record in a winter that won’t end.

The snowfall that was recorded to 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Treatment Plant brought the month’s total to 44 inches, eclipsing the previous 100-year April mark of 43 inches set in 1928. More snow arrived after 7 a.m.

The season’s total for Ironwood stood at 207.7 inches and the on the ground total increased to 21 inches.

According to the National Weather Service office in Marquette, Ironwood was socked hardest with snowfall in the western Upper Peninsula. Rockland received 8.7 inches, White Pine 8 and Paulding 5.

The NWS office in Duluth reported Cornucopia and Poplar both received around 11 inches.

The snow drifted, although it was so heavy that much of it turned to slush, creating hazardous driving conditions until the main highways and city streets melted in a lull from the snow blasts on Tuesday morning.

Area school officials again canceled classes.

Donna Thomas, Hurley School District administrative secretary, said it marked eight days of classes canceled at Hurley because of bad weather for the 2012-13 school year. It appears that three of those days will need to be made up at the end of the school year.

In the city of Ironwood, city plow trucks were sent out around 12:50 a.m. Tuesday when public safety officers reported heavy snow was building up on the roadways.

The precipitation total for the 24-hour period to 7 a.m. was .88 inch, adding to the possibility of flooding on the Gogebic Range, especially with temperatures forecast to reach the 60s by Sunday.

City of Montreal weather watcher Lou Crosby said Tuesday she measured 13 inches of snow from “...this latest stupid storm.”

She has measured 221 inches of snow for the season and 53 inches in April, and “there’s still eight days to go.”

The forecast called for a chance of rain today and possibly more snow on Thursday, before a warm-up on Friday that could lead to temperatures in the 60s on Sunday.


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