VILAS COUNTY (WAOW) -
The Northwoods woke up to snow and icy roads Tuesday morning. That snow continued to fall throughout the afternoon.
Blue skies and fall colors quickly fade the farther north you go. A ceiling of gray clouds and a cold, white carpet greet you in the Northwoods.
"We're kinda hoping we'd get another week or so out of it but yeah, it was a little early for this one," said Lawrence Haling, a Vilas County plow driver.
Mid-day in Hazelhurst, snow fell and roads were wet. That was story across much of the area. By mid-afternoon, much of the snow in Sayner has melted but fresh flakes kept roads and trails wet. North in Boulder Junction, lake effect snow kept falling.
"A lot of snow out there, a little bit more than what I had expected but it was beautiful. It was a nice covering of heavy wet snow, pretty on the pine trees," said Theresa Smith, Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce executive director.
But the snow wasn't so pretty on the roads. According to the Vilas County Sheriff's Department, icy roads caused three morning crashes.
"It was the first time snow and everybody's not used to driving on the snow again. So it was a little slushy up North," said Haling.
But Tuesday's snow was nothing compared to what winter will likely bring. The Vilas County Highways Department is receiving a big shipment of salt to deal with the rest of the season. About 3,800 tons of salt will be stored in the Vilas County Highway Department's storage dome.
People in the Northwoods say they're taking the weather in stride.
"Just is hint from mother nature that winter is not far away," said Smith.
The snow continued to fall into Tuesday evening but the Vilas County Sheriff's Department said the roads were clear.