Spring definitely hasn't arrived in Wisconsin
You can't win 'em all. Jimmy-the-Groundhog of Sun Prairie was wrong in predicting an early spring six weeks ago. The first day of spring is tomorrow - and both Milwaukee and Madison could have their fifth-coldest spring openers in history, with highs around 20.
Meanwhile, cities and counties throughout Wisconsin have been racking up the snow-removal bills. In Eau Claire, almost a-third of the city's one-and-a-half million dollar snow removal budget for 2013 was eaten in the first two months of the year. Eau Claire had precipitation on 22-of-the-28 days in February. That included days with only freezing rain. And officials say it takes as much effort to remove frozen ice as it does handling a two-inch snowfall.
Eau Claire has surpassed the 65-inch mark for total snowfall this winter. The average is only about 43-inches. A year ago, the city had just 37-and-a-half inches in a very mild winter.
Far northern Wisconsin is getting hit with some heavy snow today. A spotter in Hurley reported five-inches by noon, and higher amounts were reported at Bayfield and Gile along Lake Superior. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until tomorrow evening for Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties. Forecasters expect today's snow to taper off into this evening - and then another blast of lake effect snow is due overnight. The region is also expected to get winds of up to 40-miles-an-hour. In Madison, strong winds caused drifts of 20-feet on the west edge of the Capital City. Authorities urged folks to drive with caution, even though it was not snowing in Madison as of early afternoon. Winds hit 45-miles-an-hour in Sheboygan this morning. The windy conditions are expected to die out sometime this evening in most of the Badger State.