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Ironwood avoids Monday snow blast


February 21, 2018


IronwoodIronwood was spared the brunt of the winter blast that socked much of Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula Monday.

The weather station at the Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Treatment Plant off U.S. 2 received just 3 inches of snow for the 24-hour period to 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Elsewhere, winter storm warnings and advisories remained in effect until noon Tuesday, as some areas had previously received more than a foot of snow.

The National Weather Service office in Duluth said a weather front, combined with lake effect snow, resulted in an initial 7 to 8 inches for much of the region and an additional 2 to 4 inches on Tuesday.

The NWS reported from Sunday morning through 6 a.m. Tuesday, the Duluth airport received around 10 inches of snow.

Roadways continued to be snow-covered and slippery throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The snow was icy in Ironwood, as .28 inch of precipitation was recorded for the 24-hour period. That brought Ironwood’s February snow total to only 8.7 inches, well below the long-term monthly average through Feb. 20 of 21 inches.

Nineteen inches was the on the ground total.

Ironwood’s winter snow total stood at 122.2 inches.

It’s been a cold February on top of a frigid winter. The average temperature for the month of 6.9 degrees is well below the 118-year average of 13.8 degrees.

Many students received a four-day weekend because the schools were also closed on Monday for Presidents Day.

Some of the schools that were closed Tuesday included Watersmeet, Ashland, Bayfield, Maple-Northwestern, South Shore and Washburn, in addition to many in Minnesota and southern Wisconsin.


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