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Area's first winter storm big on cold, short on snow


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The season's first snowstorm at the start of this week did not bring as many inches as anticipated, but it definitely made winter official.

As many as 15 inches were predicted for the western U.P., but the official total for the two-day event measured for National Weather Service at the Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Treatment Facility in Ironwood was 4 inches, as of 7 a.m. Tuesday.

That brought the season total to 6.9 inches, compared to 48 inches on the same date last year.

"For the most part, it was a pretty typical lake-effect snow event," said Evan Kutta,...