29. A perfect Christmas Eve in southern Ashland County.
Growing up we always had fresh snow, a starry night, and Midnight Mass at Church. Tonight is just about the same... minus my attendance. Roads were mostly cleared by this morning, though still snow-covered.
The list (to the right) is some of the higher amounts of snowfall reports across northwestern Wisconsin. The Butternut and Park Falls reports I added... I took measurements at relatives' houses while doing Christmas rounds.
I haven't been up to Maple Hill yet so I've no idea how much is on my driveway... this will be tomorrow's project. The snowfall total map suggests that between 12 and 14 inches have fallen up there.
Winds were a factor, gusts up to 40 mph were common across the entire region, creating blowing and drifting. Highways around Spooner were labeled as IMPASSABLE by the State Patrol last night on WI DOT's Winter Road Condition site.
NWS Duluth has created a page containing a map of the snowfall totals (to the left).
Tomorrow I will take and post (hopefully) some pictures from my drive north, this will include the town of Glidden (the 18" report on the top of the tally list).
Another Clipper Coming
In the meantime, a clipper will cross the region tonight and tomorrow. The air in the upper levels is warming quickly, but we have a good cold air mass on the ground (9 degrees here at 22:30) so the precipitation will be snow. The atmosphere is pretty dry too, so only an inch or two is probable.