Eau Claire (WQOW) – Snow has finally made its way to the Chippewa Valley thanks to Mother Nature, and boy did it pack a punch. Parts of the Chippewa Valley saw as much as 15 inches of snow Sunday night. Here's a look at just some of the snow totals in our area:
East Farmington: 14"
Eau Claire: 12.5"
New Richmond: 12"
All that snow meant dozens of school cancellations and delays.
The Eau Claire Police Department and the State Patrol are cautioning drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Police say all of the roads within the city of Eau Claire are very difficult to drive on. The department has responded to more than 30 crashes since 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning so far, along with 13 vehicles stuck on roadways and 4 cars in the ditch. The State Patrol says they've responded to more than 25 crashes and 50-60 runoffs along the interstate and major highways. There have been no serious injuries as a result of those crashes.
The city of Eau Claire says they will begin a full residential snowplow operation at midnight. It's expected to be finished at ten a.m. Monday morning, depending on when the snow stops. The city is also reminding drivers to park on the even side of the street beginning at midnight Sunday night.
For those of you who were looking forward to seeing snow in our area, Mother Nature did not disappoint. Plenty of snow plows and shovels were out in full force. While others worked to clear the area, area kids were excited to see the mess.
"I like seeing the snow because there are more activities to do, you get to go sledding and ice skating, and usually you'll have more days off of school. It makes it more of a white Christmas," said Abby Wampler of Eau Claire.
Several people told us they've already shoveled two or three times, and will probably shovel a few times more before the snow stops falling later on.
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