Merrill’s first significant snowstorm of 2021
TINA L. SCOTT
Merrill experienced the first significant snowstorm of the year last Thursday and Friday, Feb. 4 and 5. With 8” of snow accumulation over the course of a 24-hour period, Merrill and Lincoln County saw its share of vehicles getting stuck on corners or slipping into ditches. But with many people working from home or having the option to work from home, as our area approaches almost a year of living in “COVID-Mode,” and with Merrill Schools having a Virtual School Day, it wasn’t as eventful as it could have been. Merrill kids didn’t even have the satisfaction of getting a “Snow Day” off from school.
Area residents pulled out a wide array of power machinery and plows to make short work of the white stuff. Roads and sidewalks were cleared and ready for Wisconsin winter-as- usual by late Friday or early Saturday. That was just in time to hunker down indoors to escape the frigid subzero temps and wind chill advisories that blew into the area and will affect the remainder of the week and through the weekend.
Bundle up, dress warm, and don’t stay outdoors too long if your skin will be exposed to the elements. The risk of frostbite and hypothermia increases as the wind chill decreases.