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Cleanup underway after storm system drops 13 inches of snow in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 11/27/2019
Stephen Goin
Stephen Goin
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sgoin@wjfw.com

Cleanup underway after storm system drops 13 inches of snow in the Northwoods
RHINELANDER - Following a powerful storm system, much of Northern and Central Wisconsin was under a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

In Rhinelander, nearly a foot of wet snow piled up throughout the day. The largest one day snowfall in Rhinelander for the month of November dropped 12.5 inches on Nov. 10, 2006. 

In Eagle River, a 13.8 inches snow fall was reported. Tomahawk saw the least snow in the Northwoods at 10.1 inches.

"I'm going to be out here probably every two hours," said Rhinelander local Matthew Fessenden as he turned on his snow blower.

When Fessenden got dressed Wednesday morning, he said didn't expect such a big mess.

"I was going to go deer hunting this morning but unfortunately the snow had different ideas," said Fessenden. "So here I am in deer get up."

Fessenden said his neighbors were working hard to clear their sidewalks by noon as mandated by the city.

When Rhinelander local Jerry Odehnal woke up, he said his snow blower couldn't keep up.

"This snow is very thick, it's very heavy and it's very slippery," said Odehnal. "The shovel always works every time."

According to Newswatch 12 Chief Meteorologist Geoff Weller, more snow is not expected until the weekend.

"After nearly a foot of snow this week, do not put the shovel away yet. More snow is on the way this weekend, we could be shoveling that one especially on Saturday night," said Weller.

While snow plows are still out on the road, Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek said drivers need to be patient.

"We understand that people need to get to their destination fast …but we cannot always pull off as fast the public would like," said Stefonek. "Every time we pull off to let traffic through, two things happen, we're defeating our purpose of trying to get done in a timely manner and two we're letting traffic proceed on treacherous roads."

Odehnal and his neighbors said they're counting on better conditions for Thanksgiving day.

"By this time tomorrow this should all be past, the traffic should be fine, everybody's going to be where they want to be and where they need to be," said Odehnal "That's going to be with their families enjoying Thanksgiving."

Because snow plows operated by the county only clear roads from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., Stefonek said to be careful traveling during the off time. Plows owned by municipalities and private companies may operate outside these hours.


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