The worst of the storm is over, but now people have piles of wet, heavy snow to clear from driveways and sidewalks. Plows are working to clear the roads. The city of Eau Claire is plowing all residential streets now that those crews got to many of the busier streets this morning. The reaction to the snow is mixed among people we talked to.
"Oh I guess we're about due for it aren't we. We've had a pretty nice winter so far," says bus driver Victor Boss.
"Extremely wet and slushy more so than the light fluffy kind which is easier to remove. This is a little more treacherous," says Tony Martin who was shoveling out his dental practice in Eau Claire.
"Bout time it's finally here," says Bob Cerutti who does snow removal in Eau Claire. He was thrilled with the snow after what he calls a lackluster winter. "Yeah definitely could have used a lot more snow. Income has been down....could've been better."
Check out these pictures from up to the north where snowfall totals were around a foot or higher. The heavy, wet snow made it hard for tony martin to even get out of his driveway to go to work.
"My plow guy didn't get to the office this morning, so I’m taking matters into my own hands and taking care of the driveway here," says Martin. Cerutti explains how the wet snow affects his equipment, "it bogs the trucks down pretty good."
Victor Boss says the road conditions were horrible this morning. "Stay home if you can. Stay off the roads until they get them plowed off."
Now that we finally got a real taste of winter, some folks say they can't wait for spring.
"Absolutely, can't come soon enough," says Boss. "I would have to say yes I’ve been ready for winter to be over for some time now even though it's been pretty mild overall. I think we're all pretty ready for that at this point," says Martin.
Because of the heavy, wet snow the city estimates it will not complete all the residential plowing until between 10pm and midnight tonight. Car owners are reminded to park on the odd numbered side of the street beginning at midnight until 7am tomorrow morning.