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Weather conditions report from Dept. of Military Affairs


UPDATED (News Release) -- Some 24-hour snow totals include:

Superior – 18"

Brule – 16"

Glidden – 14"

Maple – 15"

Ashland – 13"

Hayward – 12"

Clear Lake (Polk Co) – 12"

River Falls – 11"

Cumberland – 11"

Eau Claire – 7"

Travel – Roads in northern and northwest Wisconsin remain snow covered. Crews used a road grader to scrape ice off of Interstate 94 Westbound near Eau Claire where semi-trucks were having difficulty getting up the hills.

Power Outages - Xcel Energy reported they had a total of 13,000 customers in northern and western Wisconsin that experienced power outages during this storm. They have made great progress in restoring service. As of noon, they had approximately 2,600 customers without power. Half are located in the Eau Claire/Menominee area. The rest are scattered throughout northwest Wisconsin. They have brought in additional crews to help restore power.   Additional utility companies have reported scattered power outages as a result of today's strong winds.

The American Birkebeiner - Race officials moved today's Junior Birkie race from the Telemark property to Hayward. Other events are still on as scheduled.

Other issues – A roof collapsed this morning in Hayward. It was a vacant building that was being used as part of the race. No one was inside. No injuries reported. In Altoona, firefighters rescued a man pinned underneath the collapsed awning on his mobile home early Friday. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a leg injury.

The State Emergency Operations Center has returned to level 4 with our 24 hour duty officer and senior duty officer monitoring the situation.


(News Release) - Road crews continue to clear snow from a major winter storm. West and northwest Wisconsin will receive 13 to 17 inches by Friday afternoon with the highest snow near Lake Superior and lower accumulations farther from the lake. As of 5:30am, Superior reports 12.4 inches, Ashland has 11 inches, and Eau Claire has 7.4 inches. Seeley, in Sawyer County, received 5.5 inches of snow in two hours last night. With snow ending, strong gusting winds become the main concern across the state. Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 mph are expected in southern Wisconsin. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 3pm today.

Travel – The Department of Transportation reports snow covered roads in most of the state except in southeast Wisconsin where roads are in good winter driving condition The blowing snow will continue to make driving dangerous in the northwest. Avoid travel Friday morning if possible in that area. Travel is not advised across much of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa with a Blizzard Warning still in effect.
Wisconsin National Guard – Last night the Wisconsin State Patrol requested Wisconsin National Guard members to check Rest Areas along Hwy 53 from Eau Claire to Rice Lake for any stranded motorists. The National Guard found several semi-trucks and a car parked at a wayside near Chetek with all drivers and passengers ok and in no need of assistance.
Power Outages - The major electric utilities serving Wisconsin report more than 5,500 customers without power.
The American Birkebeiner- Race officials say events will continue to take place as scheduled.
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