Ashland Feeling Effects from Recent Winter Storm

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 16, 2018 08:11 PM

ASHLAND - Ashland is still feeling the effects of the recent winter storm that dumped over a foot of snow over the weekend.

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"A snowstorm like this, this is the biggest one that we've had all winter by a long shot, and probably the biggest one we've had probably in four or five years," said Ed Monroe, an Ashland resident.

About 2.5 miles of US Highway 2 was closed in both directions from about 7:00 Sunday morning till shortly after 11:00 Monday morning.

"The wind was probably blowing 40-55 miles per hour, and the drifts were coming right over the road," said Monroe.

Monroe says the road closes about once a year.

"The winds just scream across it, and you can't keep the snow off of it, and the visibility goes down to zero," said Monroe.

Cars were seen Monday morning driving over snow drifts in the middle of the roads.

The storm also impacted local businesses including guests at the Quality Inn.

"All of our departures yesterday (Sunday) turned into stay overs, and I didn't advise anybody to leave. It was really dangerous," said Kaitlyn Fryer, Quality Inn Office Manager.

Solstice Outdoors was also forced to close Sunday due to the storm, and they were even considering closing early on Monday.

Monroe thinks that in some ways the worst possible scenario was prevented since the ice on the lake was still frozen.

"Had that been broken up, that 30 inches of ice would have been pushed right across the roads, and we'd be cleaning that up for a week," said Monroe.

Monroe says the city of Ashland is still trying to recover from the October winter storm.


Ryan Juntti

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