SHEBOYGAN — A winter storm hit Tuesday night in Sheboygan County causing major problems for law enforcement and crews trying to clear the snow.
Snow started about 6 PM and has continued falling since then. Orginal forecasts called for two to five inches of snow. A revised forecast late Tuesday night called for up to 10 inches. As of 10:30 AM, the City of Sheboygan has received 14 inches while Cedar Grove has received 15 inches and Random Lake saw 11 inches.
According to scanner reports, several Sheboygan Police officers were unable to drive down some streets and had to walk to assist drivers while one officer had snow that went over his squad car hood. The storm caused problems for drivers on South Taylor Drive between Washington Drive and Indiana Avenue. At one point, police shut down the road.
Several vehicles had trouble at North 14th Street and Erie Avenue. Officers needed to also shut down Erie Avenue between North 14th Street and North 14th Street until the Department of Public Works was able to respond to plow and salt.
The City of Sheboygan has been under a Snow Emergency since 7:30 AM which means no parking on Snow Emergency routes. In some cases, snow is so heavy that some of the snowplows are unable to push the snow. According to the Sheboygan Police Department, officers have issued a substantial amount of tickets since the Snow Emergency was declared. Towing of vehicles has started.
Mean while, Lt. Mark Rupnik of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office said there were several vehicles stuck or abandoned Sheboygan. Since last night, the Sheriff’s Office has received over 200 calls for stranded motorists and vehicles going in the ditch, some of which deputies were unable to get to due to drifts. As of 11 AM, there is heavy drifting occurring on secondary east-west roadways. Travel is not recommended on County LS according to Rupnik.