UPDATES: Slippery main roads, snow-covered side roads across Upper Michigan

Photo of Mo's Pub in Escanaba courtesy of Dave Fyhr

UPPER MICHIGAN, Mich. (WLUC) - The latest updates on Upper Michigan's winter storm on Sunday:

UPDATE at 10:30 p.m. eastern Monday

According to Brett French, Vice President of Business Development and Communications for UPPCO, as of 10:30 p.m. Monday, around 325 customers were without power... all due to Sunday's storm.

UPDATE at 4:40 p.m. eastern Monday:

UPPCO and other electric companies are still dealing with power outages Monday afternoon.

According to Brett French, Vice President of Business Development and Communications for UPPCO, as of about 4:30 p.m. Monday, around 440 customers were without power.

About 240 of the 440 are in Marquette County, primarily in the Gwinn area. The rest are in Delta County. French said UPPCO crews are out in full force Monday restoring power in 16-hour shifts before mandatory rest periods.

The Marquette Board of Light and power is only reporting a a handful of outages.

Cloverland Electric has gone up to 103 outages, while Alger-Delta Co-Op Electric Association is down to 623.

We Energies was reporting 173 outages later Monday afternoon.

Outages across Upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin will continue to fluctuate Monday, as the sun is melting snow and ice off trees and power lines.

Roads also remain impassable in more rural areas. Plowing crews are working to clear them as quickly as possible.

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UPDATE at 2:35 p.m. eastern Monday:

The Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) and other electric companies are still dealing with power outages Monday afternoon.

According to Brett French, Vice President of Business Development and Communications for UPPCO, as of about 2:15 p.m. Monday, around 500 customers were without power.

About 350 of the 500 are in Marquette County, primarily in the Gwinn area. Another 150 are without power in Delta County. There are also additional scattered outages, French told TV6. French said UPPCO crews are out in full force Monday, restoring power.

The Marquette Board of Light and power is only reporting a a handful of outages Monday afternoon.

Cloverland Electric has 46 outages remaining, while Alger-Delta Co-Op Electric Association has 672.

We Energies was reporting 325 outages Monday afternoon.

Outages across Upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin will continue to fluctuate Monday, as the sun is melting snow and ice off trees and power lines.

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UPDATE at 7:15 a.m. eastern Monday:

Weather continues to cause problems in Delta County Monday morning, where schools are closed. Downtown Escanaba reported 23 inches of snow fell Sunday.

The Delta County Airport will remain closed Monday due to heavy ice buildup after Sunday's storm. The airport says it will remain closed through the morning and likely into the afternoon.

The airport says it cannot make the call to cancel or delay the Delta flight but the airport will not be open, meaning planes cannot take off or land. To re-book a Delta flight, call 1-855-548-2505. Similar air travel problems have been reported across the U.P., with some passengers being re-booked for flights later this week.

Nahma Township is under a boil advisory until further notice, according to Holly Thompson, the Nahma water system manager. The water issues were caused by a power outage and subsequent generator failure.

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UPDATE at 5:45 a.m. eastern Monday:

Most of Upper Michigan remains covered in snow Monday morning after a powerful storm brought heavy snow Sunday.

The south-central U.P. saw some of the worst conditions, especially with snow drifts. In Escanaba, the awning was damaged at Mo's Pub on Ludington Street.

Main roads have been cleared of snow, but there are plenty of slippery spots. Side and back roads are still snow-covered. That's why many schools have canceled or delayed classes Monday. A complete list can be found here.

Northern Michigan University will have a delayed start Monday. The university plans to open at noon, due to the excessive amount of snow in the parking lots and on the sidewalks.

NMU says in addition to clearing the snow, a layer of ice has developed which needs to be treated with an anit-icing product. This will give the grounds crew and the building and grounds attendants an opportunity to clean up the snow and apply anit-icing product in an effort to provide a safe walking environment.

Keep in mind there may be areas that are not treated, which may result in slippery conditions. Use caution when walking outside.

The number of power outages across the U.P. has diminished, with Alger Delta reporting the most at 626, as of 5:45 a.m. Monday.

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UPDATE at 9:30 p.m. eastern Sunday:

Hundreds are still without power at this time across the Upper Peninsula. UPPCO is urging customers to stay off the roads and away from power lines.

The Escanaba Public Safety Department has also issued a warning to the public to stay off the roads as many drivers are finding themselves stuck.

Crews from energy companies are still hard at work to repair power. County and city plows across Upper Michigan are working to clear roadways.

Schools have already begun to announce closures and delays for Monday, December 2. A complete list can be found here.

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UPDATE at 9:50 a.m. eastern Sunday:

Sunday's weather is adding to the number of outages UPPCO is currently managing. About 2,175 customers are currently without power, and UPPCO says the number is expected to increase as the day progresses. Crews are currently working throughout the area to restore power as quickly as possible.

Click here for more updates on continued Upper Michigan power outages.

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UPDATE at 9:30 a.m. eastern Sunday:

According to the Gogebic County Sheriff's Office, the Gogebic County Road Commission is currently in the process of clearing the county roads. They're hitting the main highways now.

With the amount of snow that fell, crews are struggling and getting stuck themselves. There are reports of multiple cars stuck in roadways. Wrecker operators have advised that they are not going out until the roads are somewhat passable as they are also getting stuck.

Authorities say travel is once again not advised at this time.

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UPDATE at 9:00 a.m. eastern Sunday:

At least 9 inches of snow has fallen in Negaunee Township, according to the National Weather Service.

Periods of moderate to heavy snow will continue through the morning, then diminish from north to south through the afternoon.

Think twice before you travel on Sunday. To accommodate students returning from Thanksgiving break, Northern Michigan University opened its residence halls on Friday evening instead of Sunday morning.

Click here to see weather cams and road updates from MDOT. For Mackinac Bridge updates, click here.

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UPDATE at 8:40 a.m. eastern Sunday:

It is a terrible day to travel across most of Upper Michigan as heavy snow continues. Strong winds and blowing snow are making travel very hazardous. More power outages and downed trees across roads are being reported.

No road closures have been reported to TV6 & FOX UP, but if you think you need to travel, be prepared for very treacherous conditions, as many vehicles are getting stuck on side roads. US-41 in Marquette County has improved, but other roads are in very terrible condition.

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ORIGINAL STORY at 7:00 a.m. Sunday:

Heavy snow is making travel nearly impossible Sunday morning across much of Upper Michigan.

As of 7:00 a.m. Sunday in Marquette County, many cars are getting stuck in the snow, even on main roads, because it fell quickly overnight. On US-41 in Marquette Township and Negaunee Township, there is barely one lane cleared in each direction. Conditions are much worse on side and back roads.

Stay home Sunday morning if you don't have to travel.

Several churches across Upper Michigan have canceled services Sunday morning. Click here to see the full list. If you have a weather-related announcement to share, call the TV6 & FOX UP newsroom at 906-475-4141.

Forecasters say periods of moderate to heavy snow will continue through the morning, then diminish from north to south through the afternoon. Click here to see the updated list of alerts.

Watch TV6 at 7:30 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. eastern time for live weather updates, and check the TV6 & FOX UP Facebook Page for more updated reports throughout the morning.

UPPCO is also reporting more power outages. If you lose power, call your utility.



 
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