UP residents deal with aftermath of Thursday's winter storm

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - People across the U.P. dealt with the clean up on Friday following Thursday night's winter storm.

The quick moving storm caused school delays and closures.

Even M-28 between Chocolay Township and Munising closed last night but reopened this morning.

Many residents were prepared to wake up to the heavy snow, including Steve Nelson who lives in Marquette.

"Obviously it's a lot of snow in a short period of time, which can lead to a bit of shoveling,” said Nelson.

Total snowfall amount ranging from 6 to 8 inches in Marquette.

Also the National Weather Service reported the highest snowfall amount this morning was 14.5 inches in Painesdale.

People feared major power outages in this storm because of low hanging trees after Monday's ice storm.

"The ice storm was a real mess, everyone was kind of worried about the power outages, people being without heat and stuff,” said Nelson.

Marquette County even had emergency shelters on stand-by in case of power outages but luckily they never had to be opened.

The impact the storm had on the roads was another concern.

Marquette resident Jeff Marlowe noticing the heavy snow causing problems on the roads.

"It's just been crazy as far as the roads, with people plow into the streets, almost making it impassable in some places,” said Marlowe.

While others are having issues with the clean-up process for all the snow, claiming that plows are piling snow in their driveway.

Negaunee resident Craig Robert Asikainen spending multiple hours today attempting to clear up all the snow on his property.

"If you can't get out there the first night and take care of it, by the second morning the snow banks are so high with ice boulders, that the snow blowers won't take care of it,” said Asikainen. “You have to hire someone to come in with a plow and if you don't have the money to have someone come in with a plow, then you're out of luck."

Luckily residents won't have to worry about another big storm this weekend but it is expected to get colder out.



 
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