A complex winter storm is forecast to impact the area starting tonight. Starting tonight through tomorrow evening, low winds and about 6″ of snow is forecast. Following that, high winds will develop with sustained winds of about 20 mph and gusts to 50 occuring overnight Thursday into Friday. Winds will slowly die down through Sunday. Following the winds, cold temperatures will exist through at least Tuesday with lows in the single digits above and below zero and highs barely in the teens.
The town has not fully recovered from the ice and wet snow last week. Many trees are still hanging over power lines and road ways. The town has had crews out 6 of the last 7 days removing low hanging branches and downed limbs.
The concern with this storm is the high winds causing blizzard conditions and drifting across roads, especially CTH T, Star Lake and Island Lake roads near the fields. Trees already bent from the weight of ice will fall, causing road blockages and power outages. Stay away from downed lines. Town workers can not clear trees in or near power lines. It will be difficult for emergency vehicles to travel and response times will be longer.
The town is preparing for the storm and you should as well. Town officials have been in contact with Oconto County Emergency management and the national weather service. Visit https://readywisconsin.wi.gov/be-informed/winter-storms/. for some ideas. Keep your phone charged. Avoid travel during this storm and be ready to ride it out at home or other safe area. In an emergency call 911. Depending on the severity and planned duration of any power outages, the town will make the determination to open the town hall as a shelter Friday morning. We will pass the word as best as possible. We will also decide if the dump will be open on Saturday. Stay safe!
UPDATE 12/21 4pm: TOWN HALL IS CLOSED THURSDAY 12/22.