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Nine-year-old Kian Kolek shovels out a path through a 5-foot-tall windrow, taller than he is, as his grandfather Don Kolek, of Ashland, Wis., supervises on Monday, Dec. 22, 2013. The youngster and his parents, Cenith and Scott Kolek, were making a Christmas visit and barely beat the snow to Ashland. “I don’t remember the snow being this deep even when I was a kid," said Scott Kolek. (AP Photo/The Daily Press, Rick Olivo)

Ashland hammered with 31.5 inches of snow

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ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — A slow-churning storm has dumped more than 30 inches of lake-effect snow in northwestern Wisconsin.

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The National Weather Service reports 31.5 inches of snow in Ashland. Benoit has recorded 22 inches.

The snow was dumped on the Chequamegon Bay region from early Sunday morning through Monday afternoon.

Residents are calling it the biggest snowfall in years. Even forecasters are amazed.

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