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A fast-moving, intense winter storm brought icy conditions, heavy snow, and gusty winds to central and northeastern Wisconsin Thursday through Friday morning.

This event generally occurred in three phases- with the first phase starting Thursday morning. During the Thursday morning phase, several locations in central Wisconsin, especially from Wausau to Wisconsin Rapids to Appleton, reported a few hundredths of an inch of ice accumulation. This ice accumulation helped lead to slippery roads and traffic accidents across the area.

The transition to the second phase of this event- the heavy snow phase- began during the Thursday afternoon hours. Shortly after noon, precipitation made it into the Fox Valley region, and with colder temperatures wrapping in, the precipitation type changed from freezing rain/sleet to all snow.  The heavy snow continued through the evening hours across all of central through northeastern Wisconsin. Snowfall totals were the highest in northern Wisconsin, where amounts generally were in the 7 to 11 inch range. For the Fox Valley region, snowfall totals were generally 4 to 7 inches around Lake Winnebago and the Green Bay metro. Southeast of the Fox Valley, snowfall totals were a little less- topping out closer to the 2 to 5 inch range- as dry air delayed the arrival of the snow by several hours. 

As snow tapered off early Thursday night, strong winds overspread the area. Winds gusted in the 25 to 40 mph range across central to northeastern Wisconsin. These winds led to blowing and drifting of snow back onto some roadways, which kept some roads snow-covered and slippery through the Friday morning hours.

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Note: Estimated snow amounts.


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