Sunday April 15th, 2018

11pm- I guess that we really did dodge a bullet on this storm at only 11+”. A lot of Facebook friends have it a lot worse.. cars completely covered by snowdrifts, doors drifted in 6 feet plus deep. Here is the best one so far from the Shawano Co Sherriff’s office. This was in Tigerton, where someone said that they had about 33″, and it drifted.

9pm- There are a couple of blobs of snow on the radar but the storm is pretty much over. I went out at 7pm and cleaned up the driveway where the county snowplow leaves a pile and a couple of passes on the main driveway. I had two additional inches on the car since I cleaned it off at 3. I measured 10-11″ consistently with a foot in deep spots..

From the sound of it we got off easy. The TV showed areas 40-100 miles from here that got over 20″ (Lena) and one spot had 29″ (Shiocton).

One notable aspect of this storm is how cold it was. According to Weather Underground the average high for 4-15 is 55 with an average low of 27. Most area stations stayed in the low or mid-20s. Just think.. if we were 20 degrees above normal instead of 20 degrees below normal it would have been 75 out today.

One happy thought.. I did not have to wear Repel at all today. Not a mosquito in sight.

Have a good week and thank you for visiting!


5pm- The snow has stopped for now. We have had 1-2″ since I plowed. Is it really over?

3pm- There is a lot of snow out there. I measured 9-10″ consistently, and there were deeper spots. I am very happy that I plowed and ran the snowblower, both had about as full of a load as I like to run them.

(I am near Hwy C & F in Silver Cliff) County C was dead quiet, there was no waiting for traffic when I turned around and cleared the mailbox. It was about 3-4″ deep. I know that it had been plowed at least once. They left a nice pile at the end of the driveway and mauled my mailbox.

150pm- 7-8″ for sure, probably more where the wind pushed it.


That is more like it. It has been snowing like this for a few hours now and it is adding up. Time to go plow while it is manageable. Looks like some heavy waves on the way. I will bring the tape measure along when I go out. RJB




Greetings and welcome!

We are under a winter storm warning, but only a couple of miles southeast they are under a blizzard warning.

A Blizzard Warning (code: BZW) is an advisory issued by the National Weather Service of the United States which means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph / 15 m/s or greater with heavy snow is forecast for a period of 3 hours or more. A tends to reduce visibility to 1/4 of a mile (400 m) or less.


Ok.. umm.. we don’ have that here. I went out at 10:30am and measured snow in the yard on the north, east and south sides of the house. My lowest measurement was 3″ and my highest was six. Most were between 3- 5″. The wind was blowing the snow at an angle but it was not particularly strong wind or heavy snow.

There were a lot of places on the morning news that had a lot stronger winds and a lot more snow. I am not sure how or why we are getting off easy, but it seems to be going that way. I was thinking to myself on the way back in.. what is this, snowmobile season? We are supposed to get a foot plus and a blizzard and we have 3-5″ and a little wind?

I am a little puzzled by it, but believe me I am not complaining.

I checked the WPS power outages web site and they are doing a lot better than expected too. There are no outages in our area, and a grand total of 225 people out in their entire service area. They probably aren’t too mad about it either.

Here are a couple of pictures..



  1. Sqwib says:

    Hey if you can’t ride on it, at least it will make for a great reservoir for the Pesh/Wolf/Oconto/Pine/Pike/Red/Menomonee when the paddling season finally gets under way….

    BTW, is it legal to ride on the National Forest roads? Seems like a TOTAL shame if you can’t take full advantage of this epic storm…. I’m quite sure they’re still riding in Da Yoop, at least according to the Northwoods Cam Network on John Dee, but my buddy in the northern Lower P just told me he hasn’t seen any sleds over the weekend, even tho they’ve gotten at least 16″ on the ground….

    • Ray B says:

      Hi Squib!!
      The last that I knew it was OK to ride forest roads if they are main roads (ie not little turn outs). A lot of the forest roads around here are actually town roads through the forest. That is how they got to make the ATV routes between here and Lakewood over the strenuous objections of the anti-spark plug crowd at the NFS. I would guess that it is ok to ride them
      The short answer is that I really don’t know. I am sure that the clubs do not want you on the trails, and you can get a trespassing ticket if caught.
      As always, thanks and best wishes!

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