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Prepare for the Winter Storm Now

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A major winter storm will be impacting the Coulee Region this week. La Crosse could pick up anywhere from 5" to 10" inches of snow with higher accumulation possible to the east.  Strong northwesterly winds will compound on the situation leading to blowing snow and possible white-out conditions.

With potentially dangerous conditions looming in the near future, now is the time to prepare.

Bring your pets inside. Livestock should be moved into sheltered areas with access to fresh water that will not freeze.

In the home, make sure you have plenty of food, water, and warm clothing. Have several days' worth of necessary medications on hand (take these with you if you have to travel!) and remember that if the electricity goes out it is dangerous to use fuel-burning heaters, grills, or generators indoors. These devices can cause deadly levels of carbon monoxide in unventilated areas.

Make sure your car has an emergency supply kit that contains plenty of food, water, and blankets. Travel with a shovel and some sand or kitty litter and have a battery powered weather radio, flashlight, and first aid kit. If at all possible, don't take the chance and avoid travel all together.

And last, but certainly not least, stay informed! On the WXOW homepage you can sign up for text alerts for school closings, severe weather alerts, monitor road conditions, and find the latest forecast information. Updates will also be posted on the WXOW facebook page and twitter feed and viewer pictures and reports are encouraged!

The new WXOW Weather App is another fantastic resource for staying up-to-date on the latest weather conditions. It's the only local weather app in the Coulee Region and has one of the best radar features on the market!  It also has current conditions, extended forecasts, severe weather alerts, and best of all, it's free!

Stay warm and safe on Wednesday and Thursday and enjoy the robust Midwestern weather!

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