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May snowstorm buries Northwestern Wisconsin (with snow totals)

A May snowstorm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of Northwestern Wisconsin on Thursday, closing schools and causing very difficult driving conditions.

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A truck and an Ashland County snowplow travel west on Wisconsin Highway 77 between Mellen and Upson in this May 2, 2013, file photo. Snow is possible starting in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, and spreading into Northwestern Wisconsin by midnight. (2013 file, Andrew Krueger / News Tribune)

A May snowstorm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of Northwestern Wisconsin on Thursday, closing schools and causing very difficult driving conditions.

The National Weather Service received reports of about 16 inches of snow in the Ashland, Hayward and Mellen areas.

Ashland had recorded a high temperature of 82 degrees on Tuesday, and Hayward hit 78 degrees just two days before the heavy snow.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advised no travel on some highways during the day Thursday as plows worked to catch up on clearing the heavy, wet snow.

Some schools were closed all day Thursday; a few others opened in the morning, but let students out early.

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There was a very rapid drop-off to the precipitation to the west, with the Twin Ports receiving no snow.

Here's a list of snow totals from around the area, as relayed by the Weather Service through Thursday evening; some of these may not necessarily be final amounts:

  • 18 inches - Hayward (7 miles E)
  • 16.2 inches - Ashland
  • 16 inches - Mellen, Hayward (8 miles S)
  • 14.2 inches - Seeley
  • 13.5 inches - Gile, Sarona
  • 12.6 inches - Saxon
  • 12 inches - Washburn
  • 11.3 inches - Stone Lake
  • 11 inches - New Post
  • 10 inches - Spooner
  • 8.7 inches - La Pointe
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