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Winter leaves behind snow, bad roads, and crashes

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Blowing snow near La Crescent Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy Sean Dwyer. Blowing snow near La Crescent Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy Sean Dwyer.
Photo of one of the crashes Tuesday along I-94 near Osseo.  WQOW photo. Photo of one of the crashes Tuesday along I-94 near Osseo. WQOW photo.
Photo of crash along I-94 near Osseo Tuesday.  WQOW photo Photo of crash along I-94 near Osseo Tuesday. WQOW photo

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Road closures along with blowing and drifting snow disrupt travel and cause a number of accidents Tuesday around the region.

The storm system is in the process of moving out of the La Crosse area.  A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 9:00 p.m. for Vernon, Richland, and Crawford counties.

For much of the day, there have been numerous reports of minor crashes and slide offs by authorities throughout southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Approximately 20 semis were involved in crashes near Osseo, prompting authorities to close down I-94 westbound for several hours Tuesday.  The road has since re-opened, although the Department of Transportation travel website shows that travel is not advised on I-94 from south of Black River Falls into northwestern Wisconsin is listed as Travel Not Advised as of 8:30 p.m.  Highway 35 from Galesville to Eau Claire is under the same advisory. 

Main roads in southeastern Minnesota are listed as having Difficult driving conditions.

Snowfall totals as of Tuesday evening include 7.5 inches in Tomah, 6.5 inches at Camp Douglas, and 6.5 inches on French Island.

Winds from the northwest at 20-30 mph are expected, with gusts of 35-45 mph are possible.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UPDATE: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is showing that travel on two main roads is not recommended due to the weather.

Driving on Highway 53 between Galesville and Eau Claire and I-94 from south of Black River Falls heading north are listed as Travel Not Advised on the state's road conditions website.

Many of the main roads in the northwestern part of Wisconsin are also under the same travel advisory.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Snow and gusty winds are making for difficulties today.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for areas to the west and south of La Crosse County.  Areas to the north are in a Winter Storm Warning.

Anywhere from one to seven inches of snow is expected to fall in the region, with the heaviest snow to the north and east of La Crosse.

Part of the problem with the snow is an increase in winds that will blow the snow around.  Gusts between 40-50 mph are possible will cause drifting and blowing snow in open areas.

Visibility may be down to a half-mile or less due to the winds. Shorter visibilities to white-out conditions were reported in northeastern Iowa according to the National Weather Service.

Main roads and highways in Minnesota are listed as Difficult Driving conditions.  Highways and the interstate in Wisconsin is reported as snow covered.

Some snowfall totals include 4.5 inches in Alma (9:30 a.m.), 4.3 inches in Osseo (9:30 a.m.), and 2.6 inches of snow (8:30 a.m.) in Onalaska.

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Winona, MN (WXOW) The Minnesota DOT is reporting hazardous driving conditions in Winona County.

According to the 511 web site, MN Hwy 42 in both directions, between Wabasha County Road 50 (near Elgin) and US 61 (near Kellogg) is snow covered. The DOT is warning drivers of icy patches and blowing snow. According to the DOT, visibility is also reduced.
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