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Winter Storm Impacting The Western U.S.

A winter storm continues to pound the Western U.S. today with heavy mountain snow, locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds. The heaviest snowfall is expected from the Sierra to parts of the Intermountain West. The heaviest rainfall with localized flooding is likely along the central California coastline. Windy conditions span from the West into the central High Plains. Read More >

Overview of the Heavy Lake Effect Snow Event January 5-6, 2022

A "clipper" system moved from west to east across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Lower Michigan Tuesday January 5 through Thursday January 7. The system dropped a couple inches of snow across Upper Michigan.

However, the big story was the persistent moderate to heavy lake effect snow in western and northern Upper Michigan with this system. The system slowed down as it passed by to the south, and extended a trough back to its west across the U.P., which allowed north wind lake effect snow to persist for nearly 48 hours.

This persistent lake effect snow resulted in impressive snowfall totals in parts of Marquette and Baraga Counties, as well as around Ironwood. This storm yielded the biggest 2-day snow total for the Marquette County highlands in nearly 3 years (Feb 2019). Snow totals of 24-28 inches were observed in the higher terrain of central Marquette County as well as just north of Ironwood. Meanwhile, some parts of the U.P. which did not see any lake effect snow from this system saw as little as 2 inches total.

Storm Total Snowfall

Click here for a complete list of snowfall reports from this storm

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