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11/23/2012 10:41:00 AM
Black Friday looks like white Christmas in the Northwoods
First significant snow hits Lakeland area
A Town of Minocqua plow clears State Highway 70 West and lays salt Friday morning.
Brian Jopek photograph
A Town of Minocqua plow clears State Highway 70 West and lays salt Friday morning.

Brian Jopek photograph

With as much as 2-4 inches of snow expected to fall in the Northwoods today, the onset of Black Friday, Nov. 23, turned into a scene from "White Christmas" overnight, much to the joy of snow lovers everywhere.

The snow, which was still falling as of the 11 a.m. hour in Minocqua, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae, was expected to continue throughout the afternoon. According to weather.com, the area was to get at least the 2-4 inches, with "more expected north of Rhinelander."

Blowing and drifting snow was also a contributing factor to snow covered and slippery conditions along all Northwoods roadways.

The National Weather Service out of Green Bay issued this notification: "A winter weather advisory for snow means that snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities ... and use caution while driving. The latest Wisconsin road conditions can be obtained by calling 511."

While it may have slowed the Black Friday shoppers, the snow was welcomed by Northwoods hunters who are entering the final weekend of the gun deer season. The snow should also lay a good initial foundation for the snowmobile and ski trails across the Northwoods. Vilas County snowmobile trail officials were looking at mid-December for the opening of trails, depending on conditions.

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