Frigid temperatures, snow continue eastward march
PIERRE, S.D. — People in the Upper Midwest and Rockies woke up to frigid temperatures Tuesday, with heavy snow blanketing some areas. Other parts of the country are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week from a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds during the weekend.
More than 2 feet of snow blanked parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and more was on the way before the front was expected to exit Wednesday. Northern Wisconsin got as much as 18 inches of snow, and parts of central Minnesota more than 16.
The weather wasn’t enough to persuade Joe Meath to flee Minnesota, even though he won nearly $12 million in a state lottery game two months ago. Meath was busy with his small snowplow business, taking care of his customers in his Chevy truck with nearly 300,000 miles on it.
“I don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing this today,” Meath told KMSP-TV.
At Northern Michigan University, journalism student Mikenzie Frost said she was headed out the door to figure skating practice Tuesday when she learned her school, like many others in the region, was closed. So, she shifted plans.
“Going to buy a shovel because we don’t have one,” Frost said. “We’re probably the only people in the (Upper Peninsula) that don’t have one.”
In Colorado, some residents were shoveling out from under tumbleweeds rather than snow. Wind up to 60 mph caused tumbleweeds to pile up several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo as the storm system moved into the region Monday.
The National Weather Service called for snow to taper Wednesday, except for more lake-effect snow mostly over Michigan.
Unseasonable cold was more widespread, with the cold air in the Rockies and Midwest spilling into the Pacific Northwest. The chill was aiming for the Appalachians and mid-South by Wednesday morning and the East Coast by Thursday.