UPDATE: 15 inches of new snow in NW Wisconsin

UPDATED Friday, February 21, 2014 --- 6:40 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An intense winter storm has dumped more than a foot of snow in some parts of Wisconsin and whipped up winds that have created treacherous travel conditions.

Some school districts canceled another day of classes Friday in a long, grueling winter, including Eau Claire, Altoona, Bloomer and Neillsville.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advised against travel on sections of Highway 8, Highway 13 and Highway 51. In northwestern Wisconsin, 15 inches of new snow has fallen at Hawthorne and 12 inches in Superior.

In Eau Claire, officials say part of a roof collapsed at the Kmart store under the weight of heavy snow. No one was hurt.

In nearby Altoona, firefighters rescued a man pinned underneath the collapsed awning on his mobile home early Friday. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a leg injury.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 20, 2014 --- 6:35 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A powerful winter storm moving into Wisconsin is packing a mix of rain, sleet and snow.

Forecasters expect travel to become increasing difficult throughout the day with the heaviest snow arriving Thursday afternoon. A foot of snow is possible in western and north central Wisconsin. Winds in the 25 to 35 mph range could create whiteout conditions.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is canceling afternoon and evening classes and closing business offices at noon. Whitehall, Chippewa Falls and Bloomer schools are among those also closing early Thursday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 --- 7:23 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in advance of a winter storm forecast to hit Wisconsin Thursday.

Heavy snowfall, freezing rain and strong winds are expected. Some areas of west-central and northwestern Wisconsin could get more than a foot of snow.

Walker issued his executive order Wednesday. The order will ready Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

ReadyWisconsin and the Department of Transportation say travelers should consider limiting, delaying or canceling their travel plans Thursday. Travelers also should check road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511wi.gov . Travelers also should carry an emergency winter weather survival kit in their vehicle.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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