Snow update and revised forecast; winter storm warning still in effect

At about 5:30 a.m., we measured an additional 2 inches of snow overnight at westofthei.com headquarters in Paddock Lake for a total of about 4 inches since snow started falling Tuesday afternoon. Snow was still falling steadily.

The latest, local National Weather Service forecast says we could get 1 to 2 more inches this morning.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until noon, Wednesday.

Western Kenosha County schools are closed.

School closures Jan. 23, 2019

The overnight and continuing snow this morning has prompted school closures in Western Kenosha County.

School announcing no classes on Jan. 23, as of 5:14 a.m. are:

  • Brighton School.
  • Bristol School.
  • Trevor-Wilmot School.
  • Wilmot Union High School.
  • Central High School.
  • Riverview School.
  • Paris School.
  • Salem School.
  • Wheatland Center School.
  • Randall School.
  • Lakewood School, including Kids Club and CAFE.
  • Gateway Technical College, all campuses and centers are closed.

 

Snow update 9:15 p.m. Jan. 22

With ice and then snow and in between a mix of the two, we measured about 2 inches of accumulated ice and snow at westofthei.com headquarters in Paddock Lake at about 9:15 p.m.

This is a wet, heavy snow.

The latest, local National Weather Service forecast at 9:31 p.m., Tuesday, says we could see another 1 to 5 inches of snow over night and Wednesday morning.

Some schools in Walworth County and Racine County have closed already for Wednesday, but none have announced closure in Western Kenosha County for Wednesday as of 9:27 p.m., Tuesday.

A winter storm warning continues until noon Wednesday.

Keep in mind for the morning commute that areas to the west and the north of us are expected to see greater snow accumulations — perhaps as much as 4 to 8 inches.

Deaths Jan. 22, 2019: Sarina Jill Duwe, Bonnie B. Mueller

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Salem Lakes has new, interim clerk

Salem Lakes has a new, interim village clerk after actions taken at Monday’s special Village Board meeting.

The Village Board appointed Shannon Hahn interim clerk. Hahn has previously worked for the village and the town of Salem as administrative assistant to the building department and deputy clerk, said village President Diann Tesar.

Hahn’s appointment was approved unanimously.

After appointing Hahn clerk, the board approved a motion to terminate the employment of Cindi Dulaney, the previous clerk. The action also was approved unanimously.

Tesar declined to comment on the reason for Dulaney’s termination.

Dulaney served as town/village clerk for 11 years, except for about five months after the merger of Salem and Silver Lake into the new village of Salem Lakes when Vickie Galich, who was the Silver Lake village clerk, served as the clerk for the combined municipality. Galich still works for the village in another capacity.

Village clerk is an appointed position in Salem Lakes.

The village will conduct a search for a permanent clerk, Tesar said.

Units responding for alarm in Paddock Lake

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At about 6:31 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding for an alarm in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: This is a carbon monoxide alarm.

Units responding for crash in Trevor

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At about 4:33 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding for a crash at Highways JF and C in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Injuries being reported. Appears to be three vehicles involved.

UPDATE 4:43 p.m. — Deputy requests a tow truck for one vehicle.

Jan. 22, 2019 cancellations

With the impending bad weather, schools and some other organizations are announcing closings of afternoon/evening activities.

Here are the ones we are aware of:

Salem School — “All after school activities have been canceled for today, January 22. This includes all school sports, school clubs, and other school activities. The basketball games that were originally scheduled for tonight at Raymond have been rescheduled for January 29th. Tonight’s Salem School Board meeting has been canceled as well. It will be rescheduled. Thank you. Have a safe evening.”

Paris School — All after school activities for Tuesday, January 22 cancelled due to weather.

Winter storm warning issued

Kenosha County has joined the rest of the region and has been added to the National Weather Service’s current winter storm warning.

Says the warning’s text:

Periods of light freezing drizzle and rain, mixed at times with snow, gradually transitioning to all snow late this afternoon and evening. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute today and especially the morning commute on Wednesday. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.”

Activities at schools are beginning to be cancelled for this evening.

Units responding for crash on I-94

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At about 1:28 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash in the 11800 block of the northbound lanes of I-94.

Per dispatch: One vehicle involved. Injuries being reported.

Sponsored post: St. Alphonsus 30th Annual GREAT Nite Out is Feb. 9

Note: This is a paid announcement by St. Alphonsus. — DH

St. Alphonsus will host its 30th Annual GREAT Nite Out. The GREAT Nite Out will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 7 pm to Midnight at Bella Vita Banquet Hall, 34816 Geneva Rd., New Munster, WI.

The event is a fun-filled evening of Games, Raffles, Eats And Togetherness. The GREAT Nite Out is for everyone over the age of eighteen from the parish and surrounding community to socialize, play cards or games and enter the evenings raffle drawings. Prizes include Vera Bradley items, electronics, power tools, and hundreds of other raffle prizes. Free beer, rail drinks, soda, snacks, cards and a late night sandwich are included with your $13 admission. No alcohol carry-ins allowed.

If you would like information about sponsorship, donating or attending the GREAT Nite out, please call the parish at 262.537.4370 ext. 201.

A word from our sponsors: CYT to present Seussical at Wilmot High School Feb. 1-3

Note: This is a paid announcement from CYT. — DH

A 97-member cast comprised of youth ages 8-18 from east and west of the interstate are preparing to wow audiences of all ages with “Seussical the Muscial,” Feb. 1 to 3, at Wilmot High School Performing Arts Center.

This CYT production will take you on a “Seusspendous” adventure guided by The Cat in the Hat — it can’t get better than that.

School day showtimes (field trip ticket pricing info available here) are: Thursday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. and Friday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Public showtimes are (public ticket prices here) : Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m.

More information here.

Snow forecast changes again

The latest, local National Weather Service forecast has again changed the outlook for snow on Tuesday for our area.

The forecast says we now may get 3 to 4 inches of accumulated snow — most of that Tuesday night. During the day Tuesday, the snow may be mixed with freezing rain, keeping down the accumulation. But ” if temps are a touch colder, that mix may not happen, which would mean higher snow totals for this area,” the NWS says regarding far southeast Wisconsin (see above graphic).

A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 9 a.m., Tuesday to noon Wednesday.

Much of the rest of the lower half of Wisconsin other than Kenosha and Racine counties is under a winter storm warning.

We will stay on top of any changes in the forecast made by NWS and pass them on to you ASAP.

Deaths Jan. 21, 2019: Gilbert E. Kroll

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Units responding for fire in Twin Lakes

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At about 7:29 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department, Randall Fire Department and Town of Wheatland Fire Department units are responding to a report of a fire in the 1700 block of Wilmot Avenue in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting a stove fire. Smoke in apartment.

UPDATE 7:31 p.m. — Twin Lakes fire command tells Randall and Wheatland units to return to quarters.

Winter weather advisory issued; snow giving way to mixed precipitation

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for a large portion of Wisconsin, including Kenosha County (in fact the parts of the state to the north and west of us that are not under the advisory are under winter storm watches and warnings).

The advisory will be in effect from 9 a.m., Tuesday to 6 a.m., Wednesday.

Tuesday we are expected to see snow and freezing rain, becoming all snow after 4 p.m. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch and new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches are possible. Tuesday’s high temperature will be 33. Tuesday night could see new ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch and new snow accumulation of around an inch possible. A 30 percent chance of snow and freezing rain lingers into Wednesday morning.

Difficult travel conditions are a prime concern during a winter weather advisory period. Says NWS:

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

A word from our sponsors: Lake Shangri-la’s 50th Annual Ice Fishing Derby is Jan. 26 & 27

Note: The organizers of this event have advertised it at westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH.

Lake Shangri-la’s 47th Annual Ice Fishing Derby — “the biggest little fishing derby in the world” –will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27.

This is the 50th year for this event.

There will be hourly door prizes and fishing prizes. Derby raffle prizes include $1,000 cash first prize, $500 cash second prize and $100 cash third prize. Raffle tickets are drawn at The Community Center, 22112 121st St., on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Entry fee is ten $1 tickets. Pre-registration is Friday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. You can also register on Saturday and Sunday of the event starting at 6 a.m.

Breakfast served is available from 6  to 10 a.m. Lunch/dinner is available from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Food and refreshments are served at The Community Center, 22112 121st St.

See lakeshangrila.com or the Lake Shangri-la Facebook page for more information.

Reader photos: Blood moon

/Juddie Brandes photo, used with permission

Did you see the super blood wolf moon Sunday?

Juddie Brandes of Silver Lake did. And she shared some of the photos she took of the phenomenon.

Here’s how National Geographic explained this moon, the result of a total lunar eclipse:

During totality, the full moon does not disappear entirely and instead turns a rusty shade of red, earning it the moniker “blood moon.” This lunar eclipse happens to coincide with the wolf moon, the traditional name for the January full moon. What’s more, the moon will be unusually close to Earth and so will be slightly bigger and brighter, making it a so-called supermoon.”

/Juddie Brandes photo, used with permission

Units responding for fire in Salem

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At about 1:54 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a fire in the 9400 block of 246th Avenue in Salem.

Per dispatch: Passerby reports a portable toilet unit on fire in Salem Community Park.

UPDATE 2:17 p.m. — Fire command reports fire is extinguished; units are returning to quarters.

Cold Monday morning; more snow on the way Tuesday

Looks like we should get some more snow accumulation to add to this weekend’s collection after getting through a cold Monday.

Wind chill could be as low as -10 Monday morning with an air temperature around 0 and winds of around 5 to 10 mph.

Then there’s the snow.

 

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The latest, local National Weather Service forecast says we should see 2 to 4 inches of snow Tuesday and Tuesday night. Snow is most likely to fall between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., Tuesday

Tuesday also will be the warmest day of the week with a high of 33. By Friday, the forecast calls for a high temperature of 4.

Deaths Jan. 20, 2019: George L. Hansen

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Units responding to fire on I-94

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At about 4:23 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department units are responding to a report of a vehicle fire in the 7700 block of the southbound lanes of I-94.

Per dispatch: Vehicle is on the shoulder.

UPDATE 4:27 p.m. — Deputy reports seeing vehicle from north bound lanes, but sees no smoke or flames. Vehicle appears to be unoccupied.

Units responding for fire in Wheatland

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At about 3:34 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to the 3900 block fo Highway 83 in Wheatland for a report of a fire.

Per dispatch: This is a possible snowmobile fire.

UPDATE 3:38 p.m. — Dispatch reports to fire units that a deputy on scene reports that snowmobile is fully engulfed in fire.

A word from our sponsors: Jan. 20, 2019 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

7610 242nd Ave, Salem

24921 52nd St, Salem

Deaths Jan. 19, 2019: Jacqueline Mae T. McDermit

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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County snowmobile trail system open

The Kenosha County snowmobile trail system is open as a result of the sizable snow we have received since Fridy afternoon.

The recorded message at the county trail system hotline number said the trail system’s status was last updated Saturday morning.

You can check the status of the trail system by calling the hotline at  671-4944. The trail system status is also displayed at kenoshacountysnowmobiling.org.

Snow update: 5 more inches overnight

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We measured 5 additional inches of snow from 9:40 p.m., Friday to about 8:30 a.m., Saturday at westofthei.com headquarters in Paddock Lake. That adds up to a total of 7.5 inches since this storm started Friday afternoon. That amount is already over the Friday morning National Weather Service forecast for our area for this storm, with snow still coming down steady Saturday morning.

The latest, local NWS forecast for our area calls for an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation Saturday during the day. The chance of snow will fall off after about 1 p.m.

If you are out traveling — or while you’re removing snow — keep in mind the wind. The NWS is forecasting “northeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.” Snow will be blowing, reducing visibility, and you will feel wind chill.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight, Sunday.

After the snow comes the cold. Saturday night, Sunday and Monday are expected to be considerably colder than we have seen this winter. Saturday night’s low temperature will be 6, Sunday’s high 14, Sunday night’s low 5, Monday’s high 19 and Monday night’s low 15. Winds of about 10 mph will bring wind chills down.

Mixed up precipitation of snow, freezing rain and rain is expected Tuesday, with temperatures warming up some.

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Snow update: 2.5 inches

Wilmot UHS students compete at 2019 DECA District 6 Career Development Conference

/Submitted photo

Thirty-four students from Wilmot Union High School competed at the DECA District 6 Career Development Conference on Saturday, Jan.12.

DECA members traveled to Racine Case High School to compete in 28 occupational series events. Over 600 students from southeast Wisconsin participated in this conference by taking a 100 question exam and presenting their ideas to judges in two separate role plays. Students participated in a variety of occupational series events tied to career clusters. Fifteen Wilmot students were recognized on stage with seven students earning spots in the top four places overall in their event category.

Senior Olivia Pachol earned First Place for her performance on the Economics Excellence exam.

In Food Marketing, seniors Katie Strother and Ian Torstenson both earned a medal for Role Play #1. Ian earned 3rd place overall in this event.

12th graders Cassie Loeffler and Madelyn Lindeman earned 3rd place overall in the Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making category.

These seniors each earned a medal for a Role Play or Test: Lauren Christensen in Human Resources Management, Kevin Brenner for Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Madison Zerr in Marketing Communications, Olivia Pachol for Business Finance, Leif Triller in Apparel and Accessories Marketing.

Junior Angelina Burzawa took home a medal for Role Play # 1 in Hotel and Lodging Management.

Cade Girardi and Jake Maki were recognized for their performance in Quick Service Restaurant Management with Maki earning 3rd and Girardi winning 4th place overall.

In Restaurant and Food Service Management, junior Maisy Morgan and seniors Olivia Rzonca and Caryn Daniels each medaled in Role Play #2. Caryn Daniels also earned a medal for her cluster exam and won 3rd place overall for this event.

Wisconsin DECA’s state conference will be held on March 4-6 in Lake Geneva. Wilmot is seeking volunteers to judge at our State Conference
at the Grand Geneva on March 4 or 5; parents, staff, and community members should contact Marissa Huff, Wilmot DECA advisor, at huffm@wilmoths.k12.wi.us.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Contact MarissaHuff, Wilmot DECA Advisor at huffm@wilmoths.k12.wi.us for more information about Wilmot DECA.

Snow update: 2.5 inches

At about 9:40 p.m., Friday, we measured 2.5 inches of snow on the ground at westofthei.com headquarters in Paddock Lake.

That’s accumulation since the snow started at about 3:40 p.m., Friday.

Seems like we are well on our way to meeting the forecast of 5 to 7 inches of snow total from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening. Most of the snow should fall overnight.

Deaths Jan. 18, 2019: Larry C. Burns, Janina Wyka

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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