UPDATE:  All major thoroughfares that were closed because of whiteouts and blizzard conditions have been reopened.  Police are reminding drivers to be extremely careful, as many roads have yet to be plowed.


UPDATE:  2/15/15 9:15 am:  The following roads are now OPEN:

  • US-2/41 between Rapid River and Gladstone
  • US-41 between Rapid River and Trenary
  • M-28 between Munising and Marquette


The following roads are CLOSED due to whiteout conditions:  

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP--   Three people have suffered injuries in a Chocolay Township crash. 

Township Police say the accident happened Saturday around 12:15 p.m. on M-28 just east of Hiawatha. 

Gretchen Klasner of Marquette was eastbound in a Subaru Forrester when she lost control of the vehicle and spun into the path of a westbound Nissan Xterra driven by Patricia Williams of Marquette. 

Both drivers and a passenger in the Williams vehicle were taken to U.P. Health System Marquette.  There’s no word on the extent of their injuries.

UPDATE, 1/27  11:30 a.m.:   Officials have reopened M-28 as of 11:30 a.m.


MARQUETTE, MI--   The Alger County Sheriff's Office is closing M-28 between Munising and Marquette because of bad weather conditions. 

Deputies say the stretch will be blocked off at 9 p.m. Sunday.  Motorists will be redirected to M-94 as an alternate route. 

Snow and blowing snow are creating whiteout conditions, making travel on M-28 extremely hazardous. 

A blizzard warning is in effect for Alger County until noon Monday.

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   A female driver had to be extricated from her vehicle after it rolled over in Chocolay Township.  

Police say the accident happened Thursday around 2:45 p.m. on M-28.  Heather Foster, 20, lost control of her Jeep Cherokee when she tried to pass another vehicle.  The Jeep crossed the centerline, rolled and went into the ditch. 

The Chocolay Township Fire Department extracted Foster from her vehicle.  She was taken to Marquette General Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

UPDATE 8/17:  Crews were able to create a perimeter around the fire, which was found to be about 10 acres in size.  Firefighters mopped up hot spots and cleaned up the area. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI--   Firefighters have responded to a 30-acre fire in Marquette County.

WLUC-TV reports the blaze is off M-28 near Kawbawgam Road. 

Units from the Department of Natural Resources’ Wildfire Division are at the scene, along with several local fire departments.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Michigan State Police from the Negaunee post say M-28 between Marquette and Munising was fully opened to traffic at 5:30 Thursday morning. 

Troopers are reminding motorists they still need to drive with care on the route because of recent inclement weather and road conditions.

2:10 p.m. UPDATE - According to the MDOT U.P. Twitter account a few hours ago, M-28 between Harvey and Munising remains closed this afternoon.  Crews are working to remove stranded vehicles and 6-8 foot snow drifts.  The earliest expected opening is 5 p.m.  In the mean time, use the M-94 alternate route from Skandia to Munising.

MARQUETTE, MI--   State Police from the Negaunee say the highway is closed to motor vehicle traffic until further notice.  The alternate route is M-94 in Munising to US-41 in Skandia.  

UPDATED 4:36pm - Highway M-28 between Marquette and Munising has been closed until further notice. the alternate route is M-94 from Munising to US-41 in Skandia.

Road closure barricades have been set up at the M-28 and US-41 intersection in Marquette and on M-28 in Munising.

Blizzard condition have visibility down to zero. There are vehicles stuck in the roadway, and snow plows are unable to plow the roadway.

WETMORE, MI--   One dog is dead and two injured, after a vehicle hit a sled dog team competing in the UP200 Sled Dog Race.  

Troopers from the Munising Detachment say the accident happened Sunday around 5:40 a.m. on M-28 near the Cherrywood Lodge in Wetmore. 

Race officials say musher Frank Moe of Bemidji, Minnesota was trying to cross the highway with his freshly rested dogs.  Volunteers at the crossing tried to warn Moe of approaching traffic and tried to stop the team, but couldn’t. 

WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Wisconsin man is injured, after his snowmobile hit a logging truck in Gogebic County.  

Troopers from the Wakefield Post say the accident happened around 1:40 Thursday afternoon on M-28 near Hopkins Road in Wakefield Township. 

They say Jeff Schuelke, 57, of Lebanon, Wisconsin was crossing the highway and failed to yield to the westbound truck driven by Chad Miskovich, 41, of Wakefield.  The snowmobile ran into the drive wheels of the truck and spun away, ejecting Schuelke.