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Travel hazardous as freezing rain and snow affect area

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Although main roads are improving, many secondary roads and less-traveled streets remain snow covered, icy, and slippery around the area.

The freezing rain that started overnight has moved through the area and into south central and southeastern Wisconsin.

The Freezing Rain Advisory remains in effect until 3:00 p.m. for Allamakee, Crawford, Richland, and Grant counties.

National Weather Service reports show that ice accumulation ranged from one-tenth of an inch in the Sparta area to a .07 inch in Lancaster in Grant County.

Further north, snow reports from roughly a half inch to 1.8 inches fell during the overnight and morning. 

Forecasters state that there's a bit of a lull in the precipitation for the remainder of Friday and into Saturday.

Once Saturday evening arrives, a Winter Storm Watch until Sunday afternoon goes into effect.

In the affected areas, mostly to the south of La Crosse, there's a possibility of 4-7" of snowfall as a system moves out of Northeast Iowa and into Southwest and Central Wisconsin.

WXOW offers the latest radar, current conditions and updated forecast. The WXOW weather page is a great resource for information, as well as the FREE WXOW weather app for your Apple or Android phone.

For those driving,  road conditions for Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as well as traffic cameras around the region are available by clicking here.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UPDATE: La Crosse County Emergency Services is requesting that people don't drive unless necessary.  Roads and streets around the county are snow packed and driving conditions are hazardous.

The request came out shortly after 8:00 a.m.

Road crews are working spreading salt and sand on affected highways.  If you do need to travel, you are urged to use caution and allow for extra time to get to your destination.

At least one road is blocked.  Highway 33 westbound is closed.  Traffic is being detoured on County F until the road is clear.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Light snow has replaced the overnight freezing rain, and is keeping roads slick as we head into the weekend.

Observers reporting to the National Weather Service report that one-tenth of an inch of freezing rain fell overnight in La Crosse, Sparta, and Viroqua.  Similar reports come from Northeast Iowa into Southwestern Wisconsin.

As of approximately 6:15 a.m., 1-1.5" of snow had fallen in Sparta, Black River Falls, and Winona according to the National Weather Service.

For La Crosse County and a large number of counties to the southwest and southeast, the Freezing Rain advisory is extended until noon Friday.  Stormtracker 19 Meteorologist Alex Kirchner says that freezing rain may return by the end of the morning, hence the extension.

While road crews lay down salt and sand on area highways and bridges, drivers should expect slippery spots and stretches. 

Reports from both the Wisconsin and Minnesota departments of transportation show several main roads are a combination of either snow covered or have slippery spots.

Please stay tuned to WXOW for the latest radar, current conditions and updated forecast. The WXOW weather page is a great resource for information, as well as the FREE WXOW weather app for your Apple or Android phone.

If you do need to drive today, road conditions for Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as well as traffic cameras around the region are available by clicking here.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect until tomorrow morning for the majority of the La Crosse region.

The National Weather Service issued the advisory calling for freezing rain to start Thursday night and last into Friday morning.

Forecasts call for one-tenth of an inch or less of ice accumulation.  It is enough to make area highways slippery. 

Authorities urge drivers to slow down and plan for extra time to get to their destinations.

The freezing rain is also expected to leave a glaze on trees and power lines.

The advisory is in effect until 9:00 a.m. Friday morning.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon for Crawford, Richland, Vernon, and Allamakee counties. Those areas may see 4-7" of snow during that time along with blowing and drifting snow. 

Please stay tuned to WXOW for the latest radar, current conditions and updated forecast. The WXOW weather page is a great resource for information, as well as the FREE WXOW weather app for your Apple or Android phone.

Road conditions for Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as well as traffic cameras around the region are available by clicking here.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A mixed bag of winter is moving into the area potentially making problems for travelers through the weekend.

Stormtracker 19 Chief Meteorologist Dan Breeden said that the weather may bring 1-2" of snow to the north while freezing rain and drizzle are likely to the south of La Crosse.

Even though less than one-tenth of an inch of ice is probable, it is enough to make roads slippery for drivers in many areas.

Until 6:00 a.m. Friday morning, the National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory Winneshiek, Allamakee, Crawford, Vernon and Richland Counties.

While we will get a break later on Friday and into Saturday, winter will take another crack at us with snow starting Saturday night and Sunday. Breeden said that the heaviest amounts are expected to the south. In those areas, a Winter Storm Watch is in effect through Sunday afternoon for Allamakee, Crawford, Richland, and Vernon counties.  4-7" of snow along with windy conditions are possible in the areas.

Please stay tuned to WXOW for the latest radar, current conditions and updated forecast. The WXOW weather page is a great resource for information, as well as the FREE WXOW weather app for your Apple or Android phone.

Road conditions for Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as well as traffic cameras around the region are available by clicking here.

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