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The Great River Road, Hwy. 35 which snakes along the Mississippi River from Prescott to Illinois, was snow-covered and slippery Friday morning after a fierce winter storm began with rain then dumped up to a foot of snow on some Twin Cities suburbs and areas of Western Wisconsin. (Rivertowns photos by Steve Dzubay)1 / 7
One of Pierce County's chain-equipped motor-graders scraped its way south on Highway 63 near Svea as motorists impatiently tried to pass in a curve. Pierce County received about a foot of sticky snow late Thursday into Friday. 2 / 7
:Ice-encrusted power lines, draped with tree limbs, presented a challenge for utility crews in Western Wisconsin overnight Thursday into Friday. Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services, which serves patrons in an area along the Mississippi River, reported 170 members without power early Friday while, across Wisconsin, other utilities had up to 5,500 customers without power. This scene looks south along CTH EE, where it joins Hwy. 35 at Bay City. The bluffs in the background are in Minnesota.3 / 7
A Bay City resident uses a skid-steer to clear up to a foot of snow from a driveway Friday morning.4 / 7
The bucolic Village of Bay City, along the Mississippi River, was blanketed with about a foot of snow overnight Thursday. Pierce County Highway Department Patrol Superintendent Al Thoner said his 18 plow-trucks and three motor-graders had scraped all 1,100-lane miles by about 8:30 a.m. in hopes of having all centerlines visible again by day's end.5 / 7
Golden rod pods dotted a fallow soybean field in front of an abandoned farmstead along Hwy. 65, south of River Falls, early Friday morning.6 / 7
Clearing the driveway became a team effort for the Lorentz brothers--Josh, left, Tucker and Zack, right, with dog “Cocoa”--at their Town of Trenton home in Pierce County. Tucker said the four-wheeler was getting stuck repeatedly as SW winds gusting to 30 mph repeatedly drifted shut what they'd managed to push open. The residence is on 390th Avenue, off Hwy. 63, about five miles southwest of Ellsworth. 7 / 7

A fierce winter storm that began with rain then dumped up to a foot of snow on some Twin Cities suburbs and areas of Western Wisconsin.

@ct:Clearing the driveway became a team effort for the Lorentz brothers--Josh, left, Tucker and Zack, right, with dog “Cocoa”--at their Town of Trenton home in Pierce County. Tucker said the four-wheeler was getting stuck repeatedly as SW winds gusting to 30 mph repeatedly drifted shut what they'd managed to push open. The residence is on 390th Avenue, off Hwy. 63, about five miles southwest of Ellsworth.

Steve Dzubay

Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.

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