A 43 mph wind blast at 10:06 a.m. Friday in Kewaunee was one of the strongest gusts recorded during the winter storm that thundered across Northeast Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday.
Snow, then icy conditions, then more snow, led to numerous traffic accidents, including a crash that closed Wisconsin 54 between County H and Hillview Road in Luxemburg for several hours while crews repaired a broken power pole.
The National Weather Service summarized:
A winter storm pushed across the area February 24-25, bringing heavy snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, sleet, gusty winds, and even some thunderstorms to the area.
Snow developed during the early morning hours of February 24 then changed to freezing drizzle for much of the area during the morning hours. The freezing drizzle slowly changed back to snow from west to east Friday afternoon and evening then ended Saturday morning.
The highest snow totals were found across central and north central Wisconsin. Minor icing was observed for much of central and eastern Wisconsin. The highest wind gust reported were 46 mph in Green Bay and Chambers Island Friday morning.
Numerous accidents were reported, especially during the late afternoon and evening, on area highways. Only a few power outages were reported as a result of the gusty winds and minor icing.