The first winter storm threatens the region

Revised 6:00 10/17 to reflect lower anticipated snowfall totals.

The first winter storm of the season arrives in Copper Country.

National Weather Service forecasters have issued a winter storm warning for Houghton, Baraga and Ontonagon counties. Keweenaw County is under a winter weather advisory.

The good news is that it looks like the temperatures will stay a little higher than originally expected. This means more rain and less snow. Snowfall totals have been revised down, Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon and western Baraga counties can still expect up to four inches…with up to 10 inches over the Huron Mountains… and 16 inches possible in the Michigamme Highlands.

Totals will be lowest near the lakeshore, where slightly warmer temperatures could cause snow and rain to mix.

Northerly winds could blow up to 50 miles per hour near the lake shore and 35 miles per hour inland. That, combined with the heavy, wet snow, could bring down tree branches and power lines. A Lakeside Flood Advisory has also been issued for Keweenaw County.

Driving should be tough, and motorists are urged to use caution as we remember how to handle slippery roads. Remember that wet leaves on the road can be as slippery as ice.

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