The much-photographed Snow Gauge is in a roadside park past Mohawk, actually closer to Phoenix. It records Mohawk's annual cumulative snowfall, often 250 inches. Because the accumulated snow continually compacts and melts, there's rarely more than five feet on the ground at any time, except in drifts. Hip-high snow, however, is to be expected - and it lasts for months. Snow removal is a major priority of local government. Residents don't usually have to wait long for the snow plow to come, but it's understood that all Keweenaw winter engagements are tentative, depending on the weather.
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