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Icy conditions close schools across the region Wednesday


A winter weather advisory remains in effect until noon today across the Northwoods.

The National Weather Service predicts about a quarter-inch of ice accumulation across Vilas, Oneida, Forest and Florence counties. Up to an inch of ice accumulation is possible in Ontonagon, Gogebic, Iron and Dickinson counties.

Precipitation will change to rain by midday today as the temperature rises, but that will transition back to snow Wednesday evening and continue through Thursday morning.

As of 7:00 a.m. road conditions on most highways are reported as ice covered or slippery stretches. You can check the latest road conditions at 511WI.

So far, no widespread power outages have been reported with this storm.

Because of the weather, the following schools in the Northwoods are closed Wednesday:

Arbor Vitae Woodruff

Butternut Schools

D.C. Everest

Gogebic Community College

Immanuel Lutheran School – Medford

Lac du Flambeau

Lakeland Union High School

Laona School District

Medford School District

Mercer Schools

Merrill School District

Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School District

North Country Montessori

North Lakeland School District

Northland Lutheran High School

Phelps School District

Rib Lake

School District of Rhinelander

Three Lakes School District

Trinity Lutheran School Minocqua

Wabeno School District


Wausau Public Schools

White Lake School District

Zion Lutheran School (Rhinelander)

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry office is also closed today and distribution has been cancelled due to weather.

Erin Gottsacker worked at WXPR as a Morning Edition host and reporter from December 2020 to January 2023. During her time at the station, Erin reported on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.