October 31, 2014

Effects of Sandy short-lived in Wisconsin

For most of Wisconsin, the effects of Superstorm Sandy have blown away. The East Coast storm brought strong winds Tuesday to all of the Badger State. Most of those have died down, even along some areas of Lake Michigan.

Door County is the only place that remains under a wind advisory. Sturgeon Bay still had winds up to 35 miles an hour early this morning.

Tuesday’s gusts were as high as 53 miles an hour at Sheboygan. Officials warned of traffic problems and utility breakdowns in Door County. But the Wisconsin Public Service utility reported no outages there.

With little work to do here, many utility workers have joined Red Cross volunteers and others in helping millions in the Eastern US who are still without power. Xcel Energy sent eight linemen from its Eau Claire office to West Virginia.

Meanwhile, the calmer winds have also brought colder temperatures to northwest Wisconsin. It was only 14 degrees at Hayward as of 5 a.m. and Land O’Lakes in Vilas County reported light snow.

The clouds are expected to disappear in short order this morning, and forecasters expect a sunny day with highs in the 40s. Tonight’s Halloween trick-or-treaters will have clear weather, with temperatures falling into the 20s and 30s by tomorrow morning. The next chance of rain or snow is on Saturday.