||Heavy snowfall of over 20 inches combined with winds over 50 mph to create blizzard conditions over northwestern Wisconsin. The storm hit hardest in the Duluth/Superior area and along the western shoreline of Lake Superior, where it will be remembered as the Blizzard of 2007. Low pressure formed over Oklahoma, strengthening while moving northeastward towards eastern Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. The area of heavy snow occurred to the northwest of the low pressure center, over northwest Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota. Light snow began falling around midnight on the 1st. Winds began picking up during the morning of March 1st, with localized blizzard conditions beginning to be felt around the Duluth/Superior area by mid morning. Snow was falling heavily by mid afternoon as the first very intense snow bands arrived with the storm. Snowfall rates were up to 2 inches per hour during the late afternoon and evening hours of the 1st, with zero visibility occuring around Superior and the south shore of Lake Superior. The cities of Duluth and Superior pulled snow plows off the roads by late afternoon as travel became virtually impossible with sustained winds of 40 to 50 mph and gusts over 60 mph. A section of U.S. Highway 2 just west of Ashland was closed by the afternoon of March 1st due to blowing and drifting snow. Schools and many businesses were closed March 1st and 2nd. Although areas away from Lake Superior did not experience the intense winds, snowfall totals over 20 inches were common along far northwestern Wisconsin, including the Bayfield Peninsula and the Gogebic Range, which received up to 2 feet of snow. The snow finally tapered to just flurries the morning of March 3rd.