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Just as it seemed like spring may finally be starting to appear, here comes another big, late season winter storm! The system will initially bring wet weather, coming in Friday. Scattered showers through this afternoon become more numerous and continue into the early evening hours. A few isolated thunderstorms will also be possible. This will be a chilly rain and it will be raw with highs only in the upper 30’s. Add to this a brisk east and northeast wind and it certainly won’t be pleasant outside!

The rain will then begin a transition to sleet and snow sometime tonight. There may also be at least a small window of time that a bit of freezing rain occurs, though any icing should be minimal at this time and mostly on elevated surfaces. The worst of the conditions are likely to be on Saturday, continuing into at least early Sunday before this storm finally moves away.

WINTER STORM WARNINGS go into effect at 7 pm Friday for Barron, Polk and Rusk counties lasting until 1 am Sunday, and from 10 pm Friday for Chippewa, Dunn, and St. Croix counties lasting until 1 am Sunday and at 1 am Saturday and until 1 am Sunday for Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce and Polk counties.

Thursday morning at 6:40, a male subject reported to Rusk County authorities that he witnessed a 1 vehicle accident on Highway 8, Hawkins. According to the caller, the vehicle went off the road and launched into the ditch. The vehicle did not roll but was stuck in the ditch. The driver stated that he was not injured. A Rusk County deputy, Hawkins ambulance the Hawkins Fire Department responded to the scene. After an investigation, the driver and lone occupant was West bound on Highway 8 and was coming from work when he entered the right ditch, hit a field access embankment and came to rest about 100 yards West on the road shoulder. The driver believes he likely fell asleep and was lethargic at the scene. The driver will be cited for reckless driving. No injuries were reported.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 5:35 AM this ( Friday) morning, received a call advising that there was an individual in a Brown jacket walking on Rangeline Road and he just doesn’t seem right. According to the report, a Rusk County deputy was out with the subject on Rangeline Road just North of Broken Arrow and requested the Ladysmith ambulance. After an investigation, the male subject allegedly jumped out of a window earlier in the night. He has a leg injury and possibly Hypothermia. No other information was available.

Thursday morning, Rusk County deputies and Ladysmith Police, assisted multiple K9 handlers from Barron and Sawyer Counties and the State Patrol K9 Units at the Bruce, Ladysmith and Flambeau schools. According to the reports, they searched the parking lots and locker rooms. No indications or Contraband were located or reported at Bruce School and Ladysmith Middle/High School. According to the police log, 1 vehicle and 1 locker was indictaed by K9 at Flambeau. No contraband was located.

Chippewa Valley (WQOW)- The winter storm that’s approaching might be bad for some crops, but a blessing for others.

Jon Govin, the owner of Govin’s Meats and Berries, said right now his strawberries are tucked away under straw.

Govin said in the next two weeks he plans to uncover his strawberries, which will be the latest he’s ever uncovered them.

He said his strawberries should be fine, even with the snow on its way, it will just push back their season even more.

“It seems like for us, our early seasons tend to be a better season for us as farmers,” Govin said.

Other farmers are liking the delay. For an apple orchard, pushing back the season can actually save the apples.

“This delayed spring can actually be more of a positive than a negative for us. Like anyone else, we’re itching for spring and summer too, but as far as the apples are concerned, the later that they bloom in the spring the less likely that they’ll freeze,” said Andy Ferguson the owner of Ferguson’s Orchard.

Farmers said it’s not unheard of for the snow to affect crops this time of year, and with it being Wisconsin, they’re used to not knowing what weather to expect.

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