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

 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS:

Marquette Area Public Schools

Father Marquette School

Northstar Academy

Polaris Middle School

Crossroads Christian Academy

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool

 

THE LATEST ON THE WINTER STORM WARNING FOR MARQUETTE COUNTY:

 

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST FRIDAY…

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* EXPECT LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW TO BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT
INTO FRIDAY MORNING…ESPECIALLY OVER THE HURON MOUNTAINS.

* STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN EXCESS OF 12 INCHES IS EXPECTED OVER THE
HIGHER TERRAIN WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE OVER THE HURON
MOUNTAINS. EXPECT LESSER AMOUNTS OVER SOUTHERN MARQUETTE COUNTY
NEAR WITCH LAKE AND ARNOLD…WHERE 3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED.

* WIND GUSTS TO 30 MPH NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR WILL CAUSE BLOWING
SNOW AND LEAD TO REDUCED VISIBILITIES.

IMPACTS…

* TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT AT TIMES DUE TO HEAVY SNOW AND
BLOWING SNOW.

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.

* PREPARE…PLAN…AND STAY INFORMED.

 

Singer/songwriter Adam Whittington.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– A special evening of entertainment is planned for this Friday night to benefit area youth theater.

Lake Superior Youth Theatre is bringing Hollywood to Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette complete with a red carpet event, concert featuring Adam Whittington and Brooklyn Haley, along with local acts, and an after party.

“Marquette Goes Hollywood” begins with a red carpet at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. and after party ending at 10:30 p.m.

Event organizer Nikke Nason and Adam Whittington joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark Evans to discuss the event and how folks and get involved.

To listen to the interview, please click the link below:

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For more about the event, please click “HERE“.

For the latest power outage updates from the Upper Peninsula Power Company, please click “HERE“.

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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Strong storms with high winds and heavy rain moved across the U.P. affecting thousands of people by knocking out power and causing damage including downed trees and more.  The Upper Peninsula Power Company is reporting thousands of customers without power, with outages reported from the Copper Country to Delta County.  UPPCO has not released a timeline for the expected full restoration of service.

The Marquette Board of Light and Power says their crews are working on restoring main circuits first, and as a result, some of their customers in some of their outlying service areas in Marquette County such as Skandia, Sands and Chocolay Townships may be without power until tomorrow.

Wind gusts over 50 miles per hour were reported on the Lake Superior shoreline in Marquette, while 65 mile an hour gusts were reported in Menominee.  The high winds caused trees and branches to be blown down across the region, blocking roads and cutting power.  State Police at Central Dispatch in Negaunee Township say all main roadways are open and clear, but roads in many rural locations may still be blocked by trees and debris and motorists need to use caution.

Residents are being advised to stay away from downed power lines and treat them as if they were live and energized.  People should not attempt to move or cut any trees or branches near the power lines.  Downed power lines and trees can be reported to your local police agency, power company or local road commission office.

The sunrise over Lake Superior from behind the wheel during the morning commute.

The weather over the last few days has been more than a bit challenging, with fog, rain and even some sleet.

This is also the time of year where glare from the sun can create problems on your morning or evening commute.

Check out this picture.

Our own marketing and sales guru Mike Flannery snapped this shot of the sunrise as he drove in to work in Marquette from Negaunee yesterday.  With the sun encased in low-lying fog, it was quite a challenge to not be blinded.

Because the sun rises and sets closer to the horizon and almost exactly east and west in the fall, driving can be difficult and, in some cases, dangerous. The Michigan Department of Transportation (M-DOT) offers these tips for safe fall driving:

-Adjust the time that you travel to and from your destination;

-Wear a good pair of sunglasses and drive slower than you usually do; and

-Keep the windshield clean as the sun’s glare can make dirt more obvious.

“Using any or all of these tips, especially in early fall, can make our roads safer,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T.Steudle. “Another good way to deal with the bright sunlight is to allow more space between you and the vehicle in front of you.”

Intense glare from the sun on the horizon has the potential to blind drivers,causing unexpected slow downs. Other potential safety hazards exist every year as well, like wet, fallen leaves and frost.

For more information on autumn driving tips, visit the M-DOT Web site by clicking “HERE“.

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THE Rusty Bowers from "An Evening with Rusty".

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News– A local musical theater veteran has developed a (mostly) one-man show to benefit the Lake Superior Theater. Rusty Bowers, a Marquette native with over 30 of stage experience has assembled several of his favorite musical numbers from several shows he has appeared in and will be presenting them this week at the Frazier Boathouse Theater in Marquette.

Bowers joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to promote the show and explain where the idea for it came from. Bowers also outlined some of the show’s highlights without giving away some of the surprises.

To listen to the interview with Rusty Bowers, please click below:

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Patrick Bradley Camp Counselor

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – The Lake Superior Theater is presenting a special summer camp this year for special needs kids.  Patrick Bradley, a counselor with the LST Drama and Dreams Playscape and Summer Camp, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to chat about the camp and how you can get involved.

The camp utilizes techniques learned in theater to develop life skills of the kids who take part.  Bradley explained that there is limited space available, so people need to get involved now if they are interested.

To listen to a portion of the interview, pleas click below:

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MI State Senator Tom Casperson

MI State Senator Tom Casperson

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to chat about the latest happenings in Lansing.

Senator Casperson discussed the trip he was making later today to join Governor Rick Snyder in Grand Marais to meet with residents about the harbor dredging effort and what it means to that small Lake Superior coastal community.  Casperson, a current target for recall, also gave his thoughts on the outcomes of the recent recall elections in Wisconsin and what impact they may have on recall efforts here in Michigan.

Casperson then wrapped up with a few encouraging words about the U.P State Fair going on this week in his hometown of Escanaba and invited everyone to come over and enjoy the Fair.

To listen to the interview with Senator Tom Casperson, please click below:

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Director Carrie Seavoy and Lead Actor Allison Hyttinen and some guy named Bob from The Secret Garden.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – The children’s classic story “The Secret Garden” is being presented as a family-friendly musical at the Lake Superior Theater in Marquette, MI.  The show features a large cast of multi-generational actors and is a mix of music and captivating storytelling.

Carrie Seavoy, the director and Allison Hyytinen, the show’s lead stopped by the Sunny Studios to discuss the play with Walt Lindala.  The pair outlined the run of the show and what it’s about as well as experiences they’ve gained from doing the production.   The show is being produced at the Frazier Boathouse Lake Superior Theater as other productions.

To listen to the interview with Carrie and Allison, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about this latest production and more about the Lake Superior Theater, please click “HERE“.

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Jeff Spencer

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Lake Superior Theater in Marquette, MI is presenting their latest production, “The Love List” over the next several days.  Cast members Jeff Spencer and Jacob Barbot joined Walt Lindala this morning to chat about this funny romantic comedy.

Spencer, who plays the lead role in the production, and Barbot, who plays a key supporting role in the story, outlined what the play is about and explained why it would make for a great bit of entertainment on a date night.

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Jacob Barbot

They also made sure to let everyone know that thetheater, located off of Lake Shore Drive in the Frazier Boathouse, does have air conditioning, so you can enjoy the show in comfort.

They also talked about what has been fun for them, as actors, about doing the show and what has been the fun part working in the unique surroundings of the Frazier Boathouse.

To listen to the interview and find out more about the run of the show and how to get tickets, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Lake Superior Theater, please click “HERE“.