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Winter storm hammers Lakeshore, southeastern Wisconsin

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Residents in Manitowoc clear snow from their driveway, Wednesday, February 27, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).
Residents in Manitowoc clear snow from their driveway, Wednesday, February 27, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Seventeen inches and counting.

That’s how much snow Sheboygan had at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, from a storm that was forecast as late as Tuesday to dump 6 inches tops in the Badger State.

Manitowoc was another one of the Lakeshore communities that received the brunt of the storm, with up to 12 inches.

Kevin Glaser with the city's public works department told FOX 11 that all 26 pieces of snow clearing equipment were out Tuesday night. Plow drivers hit the streets again at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Manitowoc police reported around 10 a.m. there were a number of stuck vehicles. Side roads were still not completely open. Officers reported no major accidents.

However, in the county, the sheriff's office reported at least 40-50 weather-related incidents on the roads.

At least two people in Wisconsin have died from the storm. A 44-year-old Lake Geneva man was killed Tuesday, when his pickup truck slid on Highway 11 near Delavan and slammed into an oncoming milk truck.

Wednesday afternoon, a medical examiner said a 71-year-old Milwaukee man collapsed around 1:10 p.m., soon after snow blowing his driveway.

The National Weather Service said the Milwaukee area had just over 10 inches. Kenosha had over 13 inches. And forecasters said 2 to 4 more inches were expected until midnight in eastern and southeast Wisconsin.

Hundreds of people were stranded in their vehicles, and there were dozens of traffic crashes and slide-offs.

About 155 We Energies’ electric customers were still without power Wednesday afternoon, after thousands lost their service during the night – mainly in the Sheboygan and Port Washington areas.

The snow is expected to clear out and head east early Thursday. 

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