Only in the U.P. Can You Go from 80MPH Winds to 6″ of Fresh Snow in 24-48 Hours

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Significant damage to power lines caused by the early Monday morning storm in Upper Michigan.

Significant damage to power lines caused by the early Monday morning storm in Upper Michigan.

Ishpeming, MichiganApril 12th, 2017 – Only in Upper Michigan can you go from 70 degree weather, followed by a severe thunderstorm that caused significant damage in Western Marquette County, followed by 6″ of wet, heavy snow across Marquette County all within a 24-48 hour period.

It all started last weekend when I enjoyed the beautiful weather all weekend long. I worked on getting my living room cleaned up. I’m beginning a MAJOR project. I tore up all the old carpet in my living room, and started getting the walls prepped for a nice paint job. It’s a huge undertaking, but I’m ready for whatever comes my way! I’m also going to strip my hardwood floors and refinish them.

Naturally, like everyone else I had the windows and doors open throughout my house. After a long day of work around my house on Sunday, I headed to bed rather early. The storm that came out of nowhere started at exactly 2:58am Monday morning. I remember the sound of hail against the side of my bedroom waking me up. Not having a clue what was happening I ran downstairs to my living room and looked out my front windows. I thought for sure a TORNADO was heading straight for my neighborhood! I watched as debris was flying down my street at 70 miles per hour. The tree in my neighbors yard had bent right over from the wind. Surprisingly, it never snapped in half!

As many Ishpeming residents reported, it sounded just like a freight train! It’s been at least 15 years

My car in my driveway just after I had brushed it off on Tuesday morning. This was less than 24 hours since the severe thunderstorm.

My car in my driveway just after I had brushed it off on Tuesday morning. This was less than 24 hours since the severe thunderstorm.

since I last seen a storm with this much brutal force! Between the 70 mile per hour winds, the hail, the lightning, and the heavy downpour, this storm was definitely one for the books! I should’ve grabbed my cell phone and took a video, but, I was in so much shock and it all happened within 5 minutes I didn’t get a chance. Plus, I was still half asleep.

Driving to 103-FXD on Monday morning I could get a glimpse of all the damage along the highway left behind. Trees that had stood for over 50 years were on the ground, business signs along US 41 in Ishpeming were gone, and power was out everywhere. My parents, who also live in Ishpeming told me they were without power for over 18 hours! Miraculously, I never lost power at my home. Thankfully, no one was hurt either.

As this unforgettable storm wrapped up, we received 6″ of wet, heavy snow across the Ishpeming area on Monday night and into Tuesday. Keep in mind this all happened within a 24-48 hour period. The weather is getting more bizarre by the day. Your thoughts?

-Eric Scott “Mornings on 103-FXD”