County roads impassable as winter storm hits

Roads were reported to be impassable Saturday morning due to the late winter storm, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The situation was expected to last through the weekend, with another 5 to 8 inches forecast overnight Saturday and still another 5 to 8 inches on Sunday.

The sheriff’s department issued warnings and updates on its Facebook page, including a countywide tow ban.

“All vehicles will be left in the ditch and you will be taken to a gas station to wait out the storm. Vehicles will only be towed if it’s a traffic hazard,” the department said.

“If you do get stuck, turn on your hazards lights and make sure your exhaust pipe stays free of snow. Remain in your vehicle. All tow truck companies in Shawano County are not attempting any tows at this time due to the road conditions. Our deputies on the roads are having a very difficult time traveling as well. Again DO NOT travel unless it’s absolutely necessary.”

Further updates throughout the day can be found at the sheriff’s Facebook page:

The city of Shawano declared a snow emergency in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.

During the snow emergency, no vehicles will be allowed to park on any city streets. Vehicles parked on the street may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

The Shawano Police Department is encouraging everyone to stay off the roads and only travel if it is absolutely necessary. Emergency vehicles, including snow plows, have been having problems getting through the snow.

The city of Clintonville also declared a snow emergency early Saturday in effect until 7 am Monday.

“This snow emergency is being called due to heavy snowfall and freezing rain expected during evening and overnight hours between Friday night and Sunday. The snow emergency affects all streets within the city of Clintonville,” the city said.

No vehicle can park on any city street until snow emergency has expired and vehicles found parking on-street during the snow emergency will be ticketed and possibly towed at owner’s expense.