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It's May 2: Do you know where spring is?

Dave Green shovels out from the May 1-2 snowstorm. It's a record amount of snow to ever fall in May.1 / 4
Heavy, wet snow again snapped tree limbs and caused damage throughout the area. The May 1-2 snow was a record amount ever to fall in the month of May.2 / 4
Utility lines were down across the region, including spots in New Richmond.3 / 4
Kandy Hildebrandt of New Richmond sent along this shot of the bear statue in front of her house whose eyes were also covered by this morning's snow. "Thought it an appropriate picture to represent the frustration of having snow in May," she wrote.4 / 4

More than a foot of snow fell on some parts of western Wisconsin Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

In New Richmond, school was cancelled due to heavy and wet snow. St. Croix Central, Hudson, Amery, Baldwin-Woodville and Clear Lake were all closed.

Somerset schools were delayed for two hours.

According to a report from state officials, the hardest hit areas include Menomonie, Spring Valley, Hudson, Amery, Birchwood and Hayward.

Snow totals at the New Richmond Regional Airport were reported to be about 8 inches, according to Airport Manager Mike Demulling. He said the snow was packed down so much, the snow total should be higher but he reported it at 8 inches.

"This is just absolute torture," Demulling said of the ongoing snows.

Tree limbs snapped and powerlines were knocked down throughout the region.

St. Croix Electric President Mark Pendergast said crews will likely be out all day restoring power to customers.

"Most of our problems are north to south between New Richmond on the west and Woodville to the east," he said. "We had two substations out north and south of Baldwin for a time - cutting power to 700 members for up to 90 minutes. Restoration is moving along pretty quick but it's likely to be an all day affair with many smaller outages to get to."

In New Richmond, about 100 homes were without power at some point during the storm. According to New Richmond Utilities, all power was restored by 9 a.m. Thursday.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation issued a press release asking motorists to stay home.

With more snow expected throughout the day, motorists are being asked to refrain from travelling unless absolutely necessary throughout most of the region as the Winter Storm Warning continues for many counties in northwestern Wisconsin.

The Northwest Region State Patrol has responded to about a dozen runs offs and crashes on the I-94 and US 53 corridors, including one fatality overnight in Dunn County.

Highway crews have been out plowing state highways most of the night and will continue throughout the day, but are having a difficult time keeping up with the snowfall. The wet snow has also been difficult to move out of the way, slowing down the plowing operations.

If you must travel, check winter road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting

According to a report from the state, Polk County was apparently one of the counties on the edge between the heavy and lighter snow amounts. In the NW corner of the county there is little to no snow. In the central part (north of Hwy 8) they have 4 - 6 inches. South of Hwy 8 is where the brunt of the storm hit. Snow amounts ranging from 9-10 inches in Amery, to 12 plus in the Clear Lake and Clayton areas. There are many reports of trees down and power outages. There are not large areas without power, just the smaller localized outages.