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The snow finally arrives


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The good news is that the heaviest snowfall of the season is pretty much over.

The bad news, there's plenty left behind to remind us of the storm.

The National Weather Service reports snowfall totals as of 3:00 p.m.:

  • La Crosse 6-7"
  • Arcadia-8"
  • Trempealeau-10"
  • Madison- 5-6"
  • Grant County- 5"
  • Eau Claire- 2"

On the Minnesota side, heavier amounts were reported. Eleven inches fell in Winona in the last 24 hours, along with 9.5 inches in Maple Springs in Wabasha County. The 7 inches that fell in Harmony today broke a 37-year-old record of five inches in 1976.

According to WXOW Chief Meteorologist Dan Breeden, the area should see a trace to one-half inch of snow as the storm system finishes moving through the area.

Wisconsin Emergency Management in Madison says roads around the region are snow covered and slippery. Numerous accidents and vehicles in ditches were reported throughout the day.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -Expect to see heavy snow falling in the area on Tuesday morning.

The snow storm took a while to get going because of very dry air over Wisconsin. The latest forecast from WXOW Meteorologist Alex Kirchner has periods of heavy snow Tuesday morning, with six inches predicted in the northeast part of our viewing area, with up to 12 inches of snow to the southwest.

The current maps indicate about eight inches could fall in the La Crosse area, mostly from the overnight through Tuesday morning. At times, the snow could fall at a rate of an inch per hour. The snow will gradually taper off during the afternoon. Winds will pick up causing blowing and drifting snow Tuesday afternoon.

Travel throughout the day will be impacted by the storm. In advance of the storm, some school districts have postponed school. See the latest closings here.

One good note is that the snow won't be around long. Temperatures will climb into the upper 30's to low 40's as the week progresses.

WXOW will keep you informed on the storm's progress during our newscasts and through the resources on's Weather Page.

You can also track the snow and its impact on your neighborhood with our new weather app for iPhone and Android.

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