A fire engine is barely visible through the blowing snow on County Road FF, even though it’s just yards away.
A fire engine is barely visible through the blowing snow on County Road FF, even though it’s just yards away.

   Six-foot-plus snow drifts.

   Blankets of ice.

   Bone-chilling wind.

   These factors combined early this week to cause what some local law enforcement officials describe as among the most dangerous driving conditions they’ve experienced.

   Several referred to them as either “extremely dangerous” or “the worst they’ve seen.”

   Problems crept up after several seasons worth of weather swept across the area between last week Saturday and Monday.

   An ice storm began the weekend, followed by rain, high winds and ultimately a powdery snow causing disastrous situations on rural roads.

   While Ripon Police Chief Bill Wallner noted that “the weather didn’t affect us too badly” in city limits, they were so bad outside of the city that local squads were needed to assist in neighboring jurisdictions.

Read the full story in the Feb. 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.