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Winter storm covers much of Wisconsin

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A winter storm is closing schools, canceling events, and causing traffic problems around the region.

The storm's impact started the day with schools calling off classes in advance of the storm.  Districts such as Sparta, Tomah, and Prairie du Chien and West Salem and dozens of others in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa gave students the day off.

According to National Weather Service reports, as of 11 a.m. , six inches of snow has fallen in the Sparta area.  In Houston County, spotters in Reno reported 5.5 inches of snow, with La Crescent having five inches fall.

Travel is being impacted by the storm.  For around an hour Wednesday morning, La Crosse County Sheriff's Department deputies closed down a stretch of Highway 14/61 at the bottom of Ten Mile Hill due to the snow making it impossible for vehicles to get up the road.

Numerous accidents were reported as well.  So far, no reports of any serious injuries.

Our Road Conditions page has information for Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.

The WXOW Weather Page and the WXOW Weather App will have up-to-date information on the latest forecast.

Dan Breeden will have the latest on the storm and its impact tonight on Live at Five, the 6pm, and 10pm Reports.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW/AP) - School districts across Wisconsin canceled classes as the National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for much of the state.

Baraboo, Necedah, Wisconsin Dells, Prairie du Chien, Sparta, Tomah, and Marshfield are among the districts calling off school on Wednesday as snow accumulated. The heaviest snowfall is expected from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. mostly south of La Crosse County. 

Strong northwest winds are expected to greatly reduce visibility on state roadways. Accumulations of .5 foot of snow or more is forecast.

As of 7:45 a.m., two inches had fallen in Hillsboro, Waukon, and Ferryville.  The largest snowfall reported to the National Weather Service in La Crosse was 3.2 inches near Monona in Clayton County, Iowa.

In southeastern Wisconsin, joggers traded shorts for warmer gear as temperatures plummeted from records highs Tuesday and rain turned to snow.

Winds are expected to pick up as the day progresses.  Wind chills are forecast to be in the 20 to 25 below range tonight through Friday morning.

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