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May storm hits far-western Wisconsin

ELLSWORTH, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Ellsworth in far western Wisconsin had 14 inches of snow as of 5:40 this morning – and the National Weather Service said it was still coming down heavily. Almost 11 inches fell near Hayward, and nine-inches at River Falls. Ashland had almost eight inches of snow this morning, after it was 82-degrees in that city on Tuesday.

Strong northerly winds prevented Minnesota’s Twin Cities from getting the heavy snows it expected. Those snows moved to the east instead, into much of northwest Wisconsin.

The weather might have played a role in a traffic death. The State Patrol said two semi-trucks collided around one this morning while heading east on Interstate-94 near Menomonie. One of the drivers was killed, and the other was taken to a hospital. The crash remains under investigation.

The snow was expected to continue all day in northwest Wisconsin, with freezing rain possible in areas with lighter snow. Rain showers are in today’s forecast for the rest of the Badger State.

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