Storm really hits some areas|
Stunning snow totals, some approaching a foot-and-a-half were reported across the northwoods on Thursday, with much of the area just beginning to dig out.
The Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center reported today that residents in northwestern Wisconsin continue to recover from the massive snowstorm.
The National Weather Service reports snowfall totals in excess of 16 inches. Here is a sample of snowfall amounts:
—Ashland/Ashland County: 16.3”
—Bayfield/ Bayfield County: 10.3”
—Bloomer/Chippewa County: 9.3”
—Clam Lake/Bayfield County: 17”
Jim Falls/Chippewa County: 11.4”
Mondovi/Buffalo County: 8.3”
Roberts/St. Croix County: 8.8”
Upson/Iron County: 6”
In Eau Claire, 8.7 inches fell on Thursday, breaking the record May snowfall, the record snowfall for any calendar day in May and the record daily cold high temperature for the day (34 degrees). A Winter Weather Advisory continues today for much of northern and central Wisconsin.
Roads remain snow/ice covered and slippery across much of northern Wisconsin with improving conditions in the northwestern part of the state.
In Ashland County, a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet continues to fall. There are reports of scattered power outages across the county. Butternut and Mellen School Districts closed today. The Chippewa River in Glidden and the Bad River in Mellen continue to slowly recede. Those towns will continue monitoring the impact of the snow melt. Emergency management doesn’t expect to open any shelters at this time.
In Barron County. trace amounts of snow fell overnight. The area still has power company crews on the ground but the majority of electricity has been restored.
Officials are taking a “watch and wait” approach to potential flooding in Bayfield County. Streams still have capacity to carry additional water but ditches are full of snow and additional rain could be an issue. County Highway J near Bayfield has a half inch of standing water due to flooding of nearby ponds.
Four more inches of snow fell overnight in Iron County. Both branches of the Montreal River are receding but officials continue to closely monitor. The Gile Flowage appears to be down as well. Sandbags are still prepositioned in case of flooding. Several schools remain closed.
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