You can’t fool Mother Nature, but she apparently still likes to play games.
After teasing the area with several days of almost springlike weather, she reminded folks that, yes, it’s still winter, with an estimated three to five inches of snow and ice dumped overnight Thursday and into Friday afternoon.
“We got slammed,” said Shawano Public Works Coordinator Eddie Sheppard, who added that snowfall totals were difficult to gauge because of high winds.
Nevertheless, road crews were prepared for the onslaught and the higher temperatures earlier in the week worked in their favor.
“With the pavement still warm, it’s been melting pretty good,” Sheppard said.
Motorists also seemed to adapt quickly to the changing conditions.
The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department reported 10 minor accidents, mostly-slide-ins, between midnight and Friday afternoon.