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As for the weather, the Winter Storm Watch for our area in Marquette County has been rescinded.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.