Ashland Residents Dig Out From Snow Storm

By KBJR News 1

December 13, 2010 Updated Dec 13, 2010 at 7:55 PM CDT

Ashland, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Northwestern Wisconsin's South Shore continues to dig out after this weekend's winter blast.

Some areas were hit with as much as 17 inches of snow.

LeAnn Wallace has more on the clean up...and why some folks would like to see even more snow.

"Oh for crying out loud it was crazy. We had the drift, as you can see it went one way, and then the other," said Debbie Mowery.

Ashland residents got out their best snow fighting tools...

"I got this for a Christmas present and it was the best thing I ever got."

"I have the trusty shovel."

About 8 to 10 inches of the white stuff was dumped on Ashland...
Many spent the weekend cooped up indoors...and have now finally shoveled their way out.

Some worked overtime, clearing sidewalks.

"Because a lot of folks walk and the children...the middle schools right over here. I think it's very important, safety is what it is," said Mowery.

With the heavy snow and freezing temperatures of course comes poor road conditions.

"I took my car out in it, and I couldn't drive. Every corner I took I fish tailed," said Bryce Hall.

City employees are working hard to keep up with the clean up...
While some Ashland High School students took a break from class to warm up with some hot tea.

"It's just really cold outside and I just decided to get something inside me that's really warm," said Brock Mrdjenovich.

The added snow is good news for those who like to hit the snowmobile trails or those who like to cross country ski or snowboard, and even for those who like to get a little creative with their favorite winter sport.

"We take skis and put a thing of plywood over it, and what we do, we find like a toilet or something and we took that and we made that into a sled, it was a great experience," said Mrdjenovich.

Snow storms usually are an experience...and sometimes even those who aren't used to the snow can still enjoy.

"I love the snow. I was born and raised in California for 45 years and I moved here, 3, 4 years ago and I love it here," said Mowery.

The Ashland Chamber of Commerce said they welcomed the snow...and would like to see even more for their ski and snowmobile trails.

The ski trail is open but not yet groomed.

The snowmobile trails are set to be groomed December 17th.