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Hazardous conditions persist after snowfall prompting closures

In Superior, schools are closed today as a result of a winter storm that dropped 12.4 inches of snow by 6 a.m. The YMCA in Superior also announced closing its door Friday because of the weather. 
 Animal Allies in Duluth and Superior and Northland Spay & Neuter in West Duluth are also closed today.  While the snow may have ended in most parts of the Northwest Region, high winds and cold temperatures are making for difficult driving conditions today, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  These conditions are expected to remain as cleaning up after the storm is posing a challenge to road crews. All roads in the region are classified as snow covered, slippery and hazardous for travel. State Patrol reports that the snow pack has turned to ice about 2 inches thick in some areas. One area of concern this morning is westbound I-94 in Eau Claire County. The ice is making it difficult for semi units to climb hills causing traffic to backup waiting for them to clear. Motorists are continued to be asked to avoid travel if possible today.
 If you must travel, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) reminds motorists to be prepared for the unexpected and check winter road conditions before leaving home by visiting511.wi.gov or calling 5-1-1.   Additional winter driving tips can be found on WisDOT’s Web site: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/winterdriving/index.htm
 
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