Yesterday there was little snow in north central Wisconsin. Today, a full-blown winter storm is causing power outages, slippery roads that can be near impassible on some secondary highways and general tough conditions for snow plow drivers and people coming north for Thanksgiving.
In some parts of the Northwoods a foot of snow has fallen.
The National Weather Service in Green Bay says the snow will be ending this afternoon, then a lull on Thanksgiving day before more snow is expected Friday afternoon and through the weekend.
At midday, Wisconsin Public Service-WE Energies reported about 20,000 customers without power in their service area. Parts of the Northwoods were hit the hardest, with thousands of customers without power in Rhinelander, Harshaw, Minocqua and Eagle River. The high winds with the storm was slowing the restoration of power.
Many school districts had planned for a day off on Wednesday, so few schools in the region had to be closed for the bad weather.