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One of Pierce County’s chain-equipped motor-graders scraped its way south on Hwy. 63 near Svea in the town of Trenton as motorists impatiently tried to pass in a curve. Pierce County received about a foot of sticky snow late Thursday into Friday. (Photo by Steve Dzubay)

Area remains under Winter Weather Advisory

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Winter storm watch/ warnings have been extended to 6 p.m. in northern Wisconsin due to continuing snow and high winds, according to the state’s Emergency Operations Center.

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Western and southwest Wisconsin are now under a Winter Weather Advisory, also until 6 p.m. Blowing and drifting snow will continue with gusts from 30 to 40 mph. A Wind Advisory ended at 3 p.m. for south-central and southeast Wisconsin. Some 24-hour snow totals include: Superior, 18 inches;, 16 inches; Ashland, 13 inches; Hayward, 12 inches; Clear Lake (Polk County), 12 inches; River Falls, 11 inches; Cumberland, 11 inches; Eau Claire, 7 inches;

Travel – Roads in northern and northwest Wisconsin remain snow covered. Crews used a road grader to scrape ice off of Interstate 94 westbound near Eau Claire where semi-trucks were having difficulty getting up the hills.

Power Outages - Xcel Energy reported it had a total of 13,000 customers in northern and western Wisconsin that experienced power outages during this storm. As of noon, they had approximately 2,600 customers without power.

Half are located in the Eau Claire/Menominee area. The rest are scattered throughout northwest Wisconsin. Excel has brought in additional crews to help restore power.

Other utility companies have reported scattered power outages as a result of today’s strong winds.

The American Birkebeiner -- Race officials moved today’s Junior Birkie race from the Telemark property to Hayward. Other events are still on as scheduled.

A roof collapsed this morning in Hayward. It was a vacant building that was being used as part of the race. No one was inside. No injuries reported.

In 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.

The State Emergency Operations Center has returned to Level 4 with its 24 hour duty officer and senior duty officer monitoring the situation.

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