A strong winter storm has dumped more than 20 inches of snow in parts of northern Michigan, forcing officials to close some roads and many schools in the Upper Peninsula.
State police say snowdrifts of up to 8 feet and 40-mph wind gusts led to the closing of a stretch of M-28 between Marquette and Munising, and it remained closed indefinitely Wednesday night.
The Natural Weather Service says 20 inches of new snow fell in Houghton and Delta counties and 14.5 inches in Marquette County. And 34 inches fell on isolated Granite Island in Lake Superior, northwest of Marquette.
Snow also fell in southern Michigan, with 9 inches reported in Mason County.
Snow, winds and icy temperatures in parts of western lower Michigan prompted some school closings Wednesday.