The spring snowstorm that hit much of Wisconsin has had at least one positive effect.
The state Department of Natural Resources says it provided some much needed moisture to reduce high fire levels.
Recent snowfall dropped up to 18 inches or more of wet snow across southern Wisconsin.
The DNR says far northern Wisconsin still had up to 10 inches of snow on the ground from previous storms -- leaving only a snowless band across central Wisconsin from Eau Claire to Oconto.
Much of the snow should melt as temperatures warm to the 60s by later this week.
Ice is still lingering on inland lakes in northern Wisconsin, but it is unstable. The snow, freezing rain and sleet in the last week dropped water temperatures from the 40s to the 30s on lakes and rivers that are open and slowed much of the fishing activity that had been taking place.