A peek out at the Great Lakes Radio parking lot at 6:40 am today.

Wind chill temperatures are below zero this morning and the 35 mph gusts of Lake Superior are causing a serious issue with blowing and drifting of snow on all highways and side streets.

If you are commuting this morning, DRIVE SLOW and give yourself some extra time to arrive at your destination safely.

The poor conditions have resulted in several school closings today in Marquette County and the surrounding communities.  Here’s the list.

 

School Closings due to Inclement Weather  for Friday 1/13/12:

Marquette Area Public Schools

Father Marquette School

Northstar Academy and Polaris Middle School

Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool

Crossroads Christian Academy

AuTrain-Onota Public Schools

Gwinn Community Schools

Negaunee Public Schools

Ishpeming Public Schools

NICE Community Schools

Powell Township Schools

Republic-Michigamme Schools

Superior Central School

 

A peek at the Great Lakes Radio parking lot earlier this morning.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Winter made it’s return to Marquette County and surrounding communities with a vengeance overnight.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect along the coastline until 7 o’clock tonight.

On top of that bit of fun, a Blizzard Warning has been posted for Alger County until 10 o’clock tonight!  Lake effect snow showers and winds out of the north/northwest at 40 to 50 mph!  Wahooo!

Definitely a wintry blast to get us all back on track with the season.  If you are traveling today, please do it with caution if you are driving along the Lake Superior shoreline.

Better safe than  sorry!

Here’s the latest for Marquette County from the National Weather Service:

BARAGA-MARQUETTE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...L`ANSE...GWINN...MARQUETTE
MON JAN 2 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

 * EXPECT MODERATE TO HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS ALONG AND NORTH
   OF M-41.

 * NORTHWEST WIND GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WILL CAUSE WIDESPREAD BLOWING
   AND DRIFTING OF SNOW TODAY. LOCALIZED WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE
   POSSIBLY THIS MORNING...ESPECIALLY NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR.

 * ADDITIONAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TODAY ALONG
   AND NORTH OF M-41...WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES FARTHER INLAND FROM LAKE
   SUPERIOR.

IMPACTS...

 * TRAVEL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT AT TIMES TODAY DUE TO THE HEAVY
   SNOW...AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

 * POWER OUTAGES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 * A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS
   SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
   SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...ALONG WITH WIDESPREAD BLOWING
   SNOW...ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS.

 


TRICK OR TREAT information for Halloween 2011

Downtown Marquette and Third Street Village “Trick or Treat” on Saturday, October 29th from 2:00-5:00pm.  Orange “Trick-or-Treaters Welcome Here!” posters will be displayed in windows of participating businesses.

Negaunee Trick or Treat hours will be from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday, October 31st.

Ishpeming, Gwinn, K.I. Sawyer, Little Lake, Princeton, Austin and New Swanzy Trick or Treat hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31st.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS for Halloween 2011

The YMCA in Marquette will host a family friendly “Spooktacular” event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 29. Featured will be face painting, arts and crafts, games, hay rides and more. The first 75 children to arrive will receive a free T-shirt and goodie bag.

The Forsyth Township EMS will sponsor a haunted house from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30 at the Gwinn Clubhouse. Admission is $2, or $1 with a donation of a canned good. There will be a costume contest at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Forsyth Township Senior Center will serve a hot dog meal.

Have some spooky holiday fun Saturday, Oct, 29, when the Peter White Public Library in Marquette hosts a family Halloween party from 2 to 4 p.m. All Strings Considered will provide live folk dance music. There will also be holiday games, haunting stories and refreshments. Guests are enouraged to come in costume.

The Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library will host its annual Halloween parade and party at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in costume.

Michelle-Bigico-WKQS-FM-906-228-6800

Michelle Bigico with the Hoof Tracks 4-H Club.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News– A special fund raiser is being held tomorrow in Marquette County to benefit the Hoof Tracks 4-H Club.  They are selling their very popular discount cards that allow the holder to get great discounts at 20 local merchants and businesses.

Michelle Bigico, with the Hoof Tracks 4-H club chatted with Sunny 101.9’s Walt Lindala about the cards and where they will be available.  They will be on sale from 11am to 3pm at the Westwood Mall and Econo Foods in Marquette and Jack’s Foods in Harvey and Larry’s Foods in Gwinn.

To listen to the interview, please click below:

Click To Listen To Full Audio

The weather has taken a turn in the southern Upper Peninsula, and as a result, these schools are closed today:

MANISTIQUE AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL IN MANISTIQUE

As for the weather, the Winter Storm Watch for our area in Marquette County has been rescinded. Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
415 AM EST WED MAR 9 2011

…A HEAVY WET SNOW EXPECTED FOR CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN…

.LOW PRESSURE OVER THE MID MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY WILL MOVE
NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHERN OHIO TONIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING
WIDESPREAD SNOW ACROSS UPPER MICHIGAN TODAY. THE GREATEST SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN.

MARQUETTE COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…GWINN…MARQUETTE
415 AM EST WED MAR 9 2011

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING
TO 7 PM EST THIS EVENING…

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* EXPECT SNOW TO SPREAD NORTHWARD THIS MORNING AND BE HEAVY AT
TIMES…BEFORE DIMINISHING LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

* 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED TODAY…LIGHTEST
AMOUNTS NEAR BIG BAY.

IMPACTS…

* THE WET SNOW MAY MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT AS ROADS BECOME SNOW
COVERED.

* THE WET…HEAVY SNOW WILL ALSO MAKE SHOVELING AND PLOWING
MORE DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

* A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION
WHILE DRIVING.

IT LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER STORM MAY BE MISSING US!

 

The weather has taken a turn in the southern Upper Peninsula, and as a result, these schools are closed today:

MANISTIQUE AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL IN MANISTIQUE

 

As for the weather, the Winter Storm Watch for our area in Marquette County has been rescinded.  Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
415 AM EST WED MAR 9 2011

…A HEAVY WET SNOW EXPECTED FOR CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN…

.LOW PRESSURE OVER THE MID MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY WILL MOVE
NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHERN OHIO TONIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING
WIDESPREAD SNOW ACROSS UPPER MICHIGAN TODAY. THE GREATEST SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL UPPER MICHIGAN.

 

 

MARQUETTE COUNTY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…GWINN…MARQUETTE
415 AM EST WED MAR 9 2011

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING
TO 7 PM EST THIS EVENING…

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* EXPECT SNOW TO SPREAD NORTHWARD THIS MORNING AND BE HEAVY AT
TIMES…BEFORE DIMINISHING LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

* 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED TODAY…LIGHTEST
AMOUNTS NEAR BIG BAY.

IMPACTS…

* THE WET SNOW MAY MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT AS ROADS BECOME SNOW
COVERED.

* THE WET…HEAVY SNOW WILL ALSO MAKE SHOVELING AND PLOWING
MORE DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

* A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION
WHILE DRIVING.

HEY!  IT’S FRIDAY!!!  WERE CAPPING OFF THE WEEK WITH SOME FUN!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYBODY!

In the face of this crazy week with everything from the President coming to town to our transmitter acting up to the shrinkage-inducing cold weather, it was great to wrap the week up on a high note!

We had the chance to hear about an absolutely hilarious film that is going to be shot in Gwinn with local talent that deals with a bunch of neighborhood kids who get involved in a truly epic snowball battle on a snow day.

We also had the chance to finally collect on our bet with one of our loyal listeners that was made on the Packers-Steelers Super Bowl battle.  So let’s get to the re-cap and head into the weekend!

AN EPIC SNOWBALL FIGHT COMES TO LIFE HERE IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

FILMMAKER AND PRODUCER BEAU CHAPUT.

Beau Chaput stopped in at the Sunny Studios today to join Mark and Walt in the Morning and talk about the short film “Ice Brigade” that he is directing and producing.  The film is the story of a massive snow fortress built in Gwinn by a group of neighborhood kids and how they defend it from being overtaken by a rival group of kids who are intent on claiming it as their own.

The film is featuring area kids as the actors and extras and Beau talked about casting calls going on this weekend in Marquette and in Gwinn to fill out the on-screen roster.  He described the film as an over-the-top comedy that should appeal to people of all ages, and should really connect with anyone who has ever been in a childhood snowball battle.

You can find out more about the film and the casting calls by listening to the interview with Beau by clicking “HERE“.

THE PACKERS GOT THE TROPHY AND NOW WE HAVE THE HAT!!

MARK JOHNSON ABSOLUTELY HATING THE MOMENT!

Longtime listener and occasional guest Mark Johnson of Marquette joined us today to pay up on a bet that was made between him and the show over the Super Bowl.  If the Packers won, he’d get us a Packer hat that he would wear for a photo to post here on the blog.  If the Steelers would have won, we would have had to reciprocate with a Steelers hat, and so on.  Well, we know how the game ended up and Mark stopped in with a Green Bay Packer Super Bowl Championship hat.  The hat has now been hung on the wall in the Sunny 101.9 WKQS studio with pride and it will remain there as a constant reminder of the football prowess and the teamwork that brought the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay!

Thanks, Mark and GO! PACK, GO!

THAT’S A WRAP!

Well, that caps off quite a crazy week and not a moment too soon!  See you soon here on the internetz real soon!

-Walt

ONE MORE SNOWY MORNING ACROSS THE WOODED PLAIN.

Some more snow as well as blowing  winds are making travel a little difficult this morning in some areas of the central U.P., and as a result, there is one weather-related school cancellation for you:

SUPERIOR CENTRAL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED FOR TODAY 12/8/10.

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WEATHER CLOSE TO HOME.

Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service Office in Negaunee Township for the rest of this morning and early afternoon in Marquette County:
MARQUETTE – INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…GWINN…MARQUETTE

430 AM EST WED DEC 8 2010

…LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…

IMPACTS…

* TRAVEL WILL BE HAZARDOUS INTO THIS AFTERNOON…WITH SNOW COVERED
AND SLIPPERY ROADS.

* VISIBILITIES WILL ALSO BE REDUCED TO AROUND A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES
UNDER THE HEAVIER SNOW BANDS…AND IN LOCATIONS WITH BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW DUE TO GUSTY WINDS.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* MODERATE SNOW WILL FALL THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON OVER EASTERN MARQUETTE
COUNTY…MAINLY EAST OF HARVEY AND SKANDIA.

* ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AS MUCH AS 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TODAY
IN THIS AREA THIS MORNING BEFORE THE SNOW SHOWERS DIMINISH THIS
AFTERNOON. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL TONIGHT AND THIS MORNING WEST OF
NEGAUNEE WILL BE NO MORE THAN AROUND AN INCH.

* NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH…WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH
NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR…WILL PRODUCE SOME BLOWING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

* A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY MEANS LAKE EFFECT SNOW IS
FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT IN SOME AREAS. LAKE
EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS TYPICALLY ALIGN THEMSELVES IN BANDS AND
WILL LIKELY BE INTENSE ENOUGH TO DROP SEVERAL INCHES IN
LOCALIZED AREAS. USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING.

* FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT SNOWFALL REPORTS TO
THE NWS MARQUETTE…VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MQT

MARQUETTE COUNTY SCHOOL CLOSURE:

REPUBLIC-MICHIGAMME SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR 10/27/10

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THE COLD WIND BLOWS!!

RELAXIN' AND WAITIN'.

Hey folks!  You’ve probably noticed by now that we’re off the air this morning.  Well, we’re not the only ones!  There are over 10 stations in our market that are off the air due to the high winds and power outages caused by those conditions this morning.  It’s all part of the fun moving across the region today.  High winds, rain, possible damaging hail.  Pure fall joy!

Of course, when we can’t do the show…bad things usually end up happening to one or both of us!  So, for the time being, just like our little friend here, we’re just hangin’ out keepin’ our nuts warm ’til we’re back on the air.   Stay tuned for more!

Here’s what the National Weather Service office in Negaunee says:

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
443 AM EDT WED OCT 27 2010

...VERY STRONG WINDS TO CONTINUE TODAY...

.A VERY INTENSE AND RECORD BREAKING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM NEAR
INTERNATIONAL FALLS MINNESOTA WILL MOVE TO JUST NORTH OF LAKE
SUPERIOR BY THIS EVENING. THE SLOW MOVEMENT OF THE SYSTEM WILL
RESULT IN STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS CONTINUING OVER MUCH OF UPPER
MICHIGAN TODAY. EXPECT WINDS GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH AT TIMES. WINDS
WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH THIS EVENING...BUT WILL REMAIN STRONG ALONG
MUCH OF THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE INTO THURSDAY MORNING.

MIZ004>007-009>012-084-085-271645-
/O.CON.KMQT.HW.W.0003.000000T0000Z-101028T0000Z/
BARAGA-MARQUETTE-ALGER-LUCE-GOGEBIC-IRON-DICKINSON-MENOMINEE-
SOUTHERN HOUGHTON-NORTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...L`ANSE...GWINN...MARQUETTE...
GRAND MARAIS...MUNISING...NEWBERRY...IRONWOOD...IRON RIVER...
IRON MOUNTAIN...MENOMINEE...KENTON...SIDNAW...SENEY
443 AM EDT WED OCT 27 2010 /343 AM CDT WED OCT 27 2010/

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/
THIS EVENING...

A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/
THIS EVENING.

* EXPECT STRONG AND DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS TODAY.

* SOUTHWEST WIND GUSTS WILL REACH 50 TO 60 MPH AT TIMES TODAY WITH
  SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 MPH TO 35 MPH. WINDS WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH
  THIS EVENING.

* THESE STRONG WINDS WILL DOWN TREE LIMBS...TREES AND POWER LINES.
  POWER OUTAGES ARE ALREADY OCCURRING AND MORE OUTAGES WILL OCCUR
  TODAY. TRAVEL MAY ALSO BE DIFFICULT IN OPEN AREAS...ESPECIALLY FOR
  HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY
DAMAGE.

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THE KBC NAME THE BREW TOUR HITS THE MODEL TOWN.

YOUR HUMBLE HOSTS, LINDALA AND EVANS.

Thanks to the fine folks at Fat Boyz South in Gwinn for hosting the latest stop on the Keweenaw Brewing Company’s “Name the Brew” Tour.  It was a blast and the folks were great to hang out with as well.  If you want to see a building with history and “mileage”, be sure to check out the building that Fat Boyz South is located in.  It’s some great local history.  We picked another winning entry, and you can head over to the “Name the Brew” page here on our site and check it out!

You can also check out where the tour is headed next week.  There are only two stops left, so if you have not had a chance to get out and sample the KBC Scottish Ale, please take the time to make it a part of your week.  You never know…your entry may end up being the winner!!