The first major winter storm of the season brought 17 inches of snow, according to a measurement reported by the National Weather Service as of Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Around 6 inches of snow fell Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, Nov. 26–27, impacting Thanksgiving holiday travel plans for many.

From Tuesday evening to Friday evening, Nov. 29, at least 34 vehicles and three semistrucks slid into ditches, five cars got stuck and eight collisions occurred, according to Barron County Dispatch logs. The snow and ice also caused a farmer’s gravity wagon to overturn.

Road conditions, along with alcohol, were factors in a traffic fatality near Cumberland on Thursday morning, Nov. 28, where a pickup overturned and killed the driver. A story on that incident can be read elsewhere in this paper.

A second storm brought another 6 to 8 inches of snow over the weekend, Saturday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 1, causing 38 slide-ins, five stuck cars, one stuck tow truck and one stuck semi and two vehicle collisions.

Current travel conditions can be found online at ReadyWisconsin, a public service of Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, recommends drivers keep a winter emergency kit in their vehicles in case they get stranded in bad weather.

Kits should include non-perishable foods, a flashlight and extra hats, gloves and blankets. Make sure to also travel with fresh water.

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