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Record snowfall in parts of Wisconsin

Roads snow covered and slippery
Roads snow covered and slippery

UNDATED (WRN)   The National Weather Service says the early May snowstorm in northwest Wisconsin appears to be one for the record books. 18-inches of new snow fell east of Hayward over the past two days. Mellen, Ashland, and Ellsworth had around 16 inches.

Weather Service official Rusty Kapela says the storm will most likely break one-day, two-day, and three-day records for a total snowfall in Wisconsin in May. Until now, the state’s one-day record for the month was 10 inches in Minocqua in 1952 and Ashland in ’54. It didn’t take much for La Crosse to set a new snow record for yesterday. The city had eight-tenths-of-an-inch, breaking the old mark of four-tenths set in 1935. But the storm had a different surprise for La Crosse – freezing rain which caused heavy icing on trees and other objects during the night.

Trempealeau and Clark counties reported slippery highways due freezing rain.

More sleet and light snow is predicted this morning along a path from southwest to northeast Wisconsin. Rain is expected elsewhere. Expect a lot of the snow to melt during the weekend, as highs return to the 50-degree range statewide with a chance of rain.

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