Sunday's storm dropped 16 inches of the stuff, marking a new daily snowfall record for Feb. 24, according to the National Weather Service, and so far this season, the area has gotten over 200 inches of snowfall.
Joe Phillips, a meteorologist at the office in Negaunee Township just west of Marquette, said that with 202.2 inches of snowfall observed at their station, that's more this season than the agency's other Michigan stations in Gaylord, Grand Rapids and Detroit. That's 55 inches more than normal, and it's only February
The Marquette area even has seen more snow this season than the airport in Anchorage, Alaska, which has gotten 55.9 inches so far. But he did note that there are likely some parts of Alaska that have received more snowfall than the Marquette area.
Phillips explained that the agency records snowfall totals for seasons from July 1 to June 30 of the following year, and Negaunee normally sees about 147.2 inches of total snowfall during a season.
According to NWS tallies that date to 1960, Phillips said the record-setting season for Marquette was 2002-03, when a total of 319.8 inches fell.
For reference, 202.2 inches is about about 16.9 feet — taller than the average African elephant, according to Mental Floss.
"I've never seen it like this," Cassandra Herman, the business manager at Marthaler Marquette, told the Free Press.
Just about two weeks ago, piles of snow buried the cars in the parking lot of the Marthaler Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealership on West Baraga Avenue.
While Herman said they managed to dig all the cars out, plow away all the snow and scoop the stuff off the lot so the cars could get out, Sunday's was particularly rough.
She said she has seen pictures of Northern Michigan University dorms where the snowdrifts were so high, students could barely see out of their third-level windows.
Sunday morning, a Negaunee Public Schools bus garage collapsed amid windy conditions and snowfall, WLUC-TV reported. The station also reported that the collapse broke the garage's sprinkler system and sent a stream of water onto US-41 lanes in front of the garage.
Superintendent Dan Skewis told WLUC-TV that crews have been unable to get any of the buses out of the garage, but the district won't know the extent of the damage to the buses until the garage roof and walls are removed.
Districts from across the U.P. will be lending the district buses.
The Marquette station has observed a total of 87.2 inches of snow so far in February, which is far above its previously recorded monthly average of 30.7 inches, Philips said. Around midday on Monday, he added that the recorded snow depth at the station was at 51 inches.
However, he said not much snowfall is expected for the rest of the day, aside from some flurries here or there.
"Today is going to be a good to day to dig everyone out," Phillips said.
Phillips said another system could come midweek that has the potential to dump a couple more inches of snow.
Marquette Police ask folks not to park on the street during the day so that plows can come through.