A major winter storm has dumped plentiful snowfall across much of northern Wisconsin, after a season that’s been something of a disappointment for winter sports enthusiasts.
“Oh it’s great,” says Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Director Mary Mcphetridge, who predicts the snow will remain on the ground through the weekend. “I think it will, because we’re looking at temperatures between 20 and 35 degrees. There’s always stuff to do up here.” While portions of northern Wisconsin has had a more “normal” winter, this represents the first major snowfall of the season in the Ashland area – enough to close U.S. Highway 2 for a time.
In Burnett County, Sheriff Dean Rolland says between 6-and-10 inches of heavy wet snow led to the decision to close the government center. The village of Winter in Sawyer County reportedly received 17 inches of snow. The National Weather Service says the major winter storm had dumped 13 inches of snow on Tomahawk and 11 inches on Rhinelander as of 5:00 Wednesday morning