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S.S. Badger cancels Friday trip due to high winds on Lake Michigan

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The S.S. Badger is the last coal fired ship in regular service in the U.S.  During the summer months it ferries cars between Ludington and Manitowoc Wisconsin.
The S.S. Badger is the last coal fired ship in regular service in the U.S. During the summer months it ferries cars between Ludington and Manitowoc Wisconsin.

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - One of two car ferries that cross Lake Michigan is not running Friday, due to a forecast for strong winds.

The S.S. Badger canceled its one scheduled round trip between Manitowoc and Ludington Michigan. That’s because the winds across the big lake were expected to be up to 30 miles an hour.

The National Weather Service reports gusty winds throughout Wisconsin today. At 11 o’clock, winds gusts were generally in the 20 to 30 mile an hour range.

Marshfield had the strongest gusts, peaking at 32 miles per hour. The strong winds are leftovers from a cold front that rambled through the Badger State Thursday, dropping temperatures well below their normal highs in the 60’s.

Light snow is expected Friday night and early Saturday, with overnight lows around 30 and highs in the 40’s.

A widespread freeze is predicted for Saturday night, as lows drop to the 20’s in most of Wisconsin by Sunday morning. 

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