Ironwood Reacts to First Major Snowfall

Ryan Juntti
Updated: November 11, 2018 09:07 AM

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Whether you like it or not, winter is here. Ironwood, Michigan received over a foot of snow in the first major snowfall of the season reminding some people why they like winter and others not so much.

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"I don't really see it as a bad storm, I just see it as a good start," said Michael Johnson, an Ironwood community member referring to the snow.

If you're like Johnson, you like snow.

"I think it's great. It's well needed. I enjoy snowmobiling, so I've been waiting for this for a long time. We had a late start with the snow, so I'm glad it hit us all at once, so we can go out and have some fun," said Johnson.

Related: Michigan's Upper Peninsula Hit with Season's First Big Snow

The National Weather Service received reports of 17 inches of snow in Ironwood, leaving cars covered, and plows working to clear the roads.

"Visibility was nothing it was horrible. Everything was slushy, you couldn't see where the road barriers were or anything. You couldn't even see the mailboxes on the side of the road," said Johnson.

"When it came, it hit like a nuclear bomb, it was unbelievable," said Thomas Erickson, a snowplow driver. "You couldn't see nothing. It was a complete whiteout," Erickson said.

Erickson says Ironwood received 7 inches of snow in an hour and a half.

"It came. I was in grass, and then in an hour and a half I was up to my knees," said Erickson. "I mean we've seen some big snow, but not that amount in that little amount of time," he said.

Snow was about calf height all around Ironwood, which is a sight that all of us Northlanders better start getting used to as winter is here.


Ryan Juntti

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