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At a time of year when the attention should be on lawn fertilizer and fix-up projects, plows, snowblowers and shovels dominated the weekend in this region again as the winter of 2018 continues to hang on.

And it did at what could be a record-setting pace.

We had close to 20 inches of snow, Jason Thom, the assistant Langlade County highway commissioner said this morning.

The crews from the Antigo Street Department and Langlade County Highway Department spent hundreds and hundreds of hours this weekend handling what can only be called a spring blizzard.

Thom said he was pleased with amount of work that got done, adding that it was difficult.

We had a lot of hours this weekend, he said, noting that the trucks were rolling to do their best to maintain safe travel.

But he added there was another twist that many people hadn’t thought of.

Thom explained that the big county plow trucks had to be used on the back roads that were clogged with snow and drifts, and those vehicles and their loads exceeded the posted weight limits.

We cut down the loads of salt and sand, Thom said, adding that it was still tough.

There may be some damage, he said, and it was tough on the trucks. The city of Antigo and county law enforcement agencies reported that things were pretty quiet, except for some slipping and sliding, sometimes leading to vehicles in fender benders and into ditches.

The answer to that situation is that many people stayed home, as many businesses Saturday evening were closed or shutting down early. Even a number of local chuches called off their services on Sunday. Those that stayed open seemed to be fairly lonely.

While Highway 45 had been plowed early Sunday morning, Fifth Avenue was in tough shape and most of the side streets were also fairly clogged. It was really a four-wheel-drive-only morning.

But the regulars were opening and operating. Breakfast was being served at The Dixie Lunch and Two Angels and the lights were on at two of the early hospitality spots, Boettcher’s Bar on Fifth Avenue and The Tap House on Edison Street.

The White Lake High School held its prom Saturday evening, but shifted the time of the grand march to 7 p.m. from 9 to accommodate those facing the storm.

Antigo and Langlade County seemed to have fared far better than other areas of the north.

The roof collapsed on a portion of Hanson’s Garden Village at Rhinelander, and put thousands of flowers at risk. Hanson employees and volunteers rushed to save what they could at the sprawling complex.

Speaking of storm trouble, the roof over the swimming complex at the Econolodge Hotel in Ashwaubenon collapsed with no injuries. The management had closed the facility earlier because the roof was leaking water.

The National Weather Service listed the snowfall in the region. They include

Antigo, 19 inches

Rhinelander, 16

Merrill, 16

Green Bay, 21

Wausau, 23

Stevens Point, 29

Tigerton, 31.
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Liz Gress had her camera handy during the weekend blizzard and snapped a couple shots looking down Fifth Avenue toward Lakeside Market and in front of Nature’s Heat Source. Stacy Quick and her bulldog, Tinker, are shown in the snowdrift.

April storm hits hard, snow at 19 inches
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At a time of year when the attention should be on lawn fertilizer and fix-up projects, plows, snowblowers and shovels dominated the weekend in this region again as the winter of 2018 continues to hang on.

And it did at what could be a record-setting pace.

We had close to 20 inches of snow, Jason Thom, the assistant Langlade County highway commissioner said this morning.

The crews from the Antigo Street Department and Langlade County Highway Department spent hundreds and hundreds of hours this weekend handling what can only be called a spring blizzard.

Thom said he was pleased with amount of work that got done, adding that it was difficult.

We had a lot of hours this weekend, he said, noting that the trucks were rolling to do their best to maintain safe travel.

But he added there was another twist that many people hadn’t thought of.

Thom explained that the big county plow trucks had to be used on the back roads that were clogged with snow and drifts, and those vehicles and their loads exceeded the posted weight limits.

We cut down the loads of salt and sand, Thom said, adding that it was still tough.

There may be some damage, he said, and it was tough on the trucks. The city of Antigo and county law enforcement agencies reported that things were pretty quiet, except for some slipping and sliding, sometimes leading to vehicles in fender benders and into ditches.

The answer to that situation is that many people stayed home, as many businesses Saturday evening were closed or shutting down early. Even a number of local chuches called off their services on Sunday. Those that stayed open seemed to be fairly lonely.

While Highway 45 had been plowed early Sunday morning, Fifth Avenue was in tough shape and most of the side streets were also fairly clogged. It was really a four-wheel-drive-only morning.

But the regulars were opening and operating. Breakfast was being served at The Dixie Lunch and Two Angels and the lights were on at two of the early hospitality spots, Boettcher’s Bar on Fifth Avenue and The Tap House on Edison Street.

The White Lake High School held its prom Saturday evening, but shifted the time of the grand march to 7 p.m. from 9 to accommodate those facing the storm.

Antigo and Langlade County seemed to have fared far better than other areas of the north.

The roof collapsed on a portion of Hanson’s Garden Village at Rhinelander, and put thousands of flowers at risk. Hanson employees and volunteers rushed to save what they could at the sprawling complex.

Speaking of storm trouble, the roof over the swimming complex at the Econolodge Hotel in Ashwaubenon collapsed with no injuries. The management had closed the facility earlier because the roof was leaking water.

The National Weather Service listed the snowfall in the region. They include

Antigo, 19 inches

Rhinelander, 16

Merrill, 16

Green Bay, 21

Wausau, 23

Stevens Point, 29

Tigerton, 31.
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Liz Gress had her camera handy during the weekend blizzard and snapped a couple shots looking down Fifth Avenue toward Lakeside Market and in front of Nature’s Heat Source. Stacy Quick and her bulldog, Tinker, are shown in the snowdrift.
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