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Dangerous wind chills whip through area

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The temperatures and wind combine to produce dangerously cold conditions around the entire region.

Temperatures Monday night are forecast to drop from -15 to -25 below along with wind chills of -30 to -50 are possible as well.

The National Weather Service said wind chills as of 9:00 p.m. Monday night had already fallen into that range.  -36 was reported in Preston in Fillmore County, -35 at Lanesboro, and -33 in Mt. Sterling in Crawford County.  The La Crosse Airport had a reading of -26.

A Wind Chill Warning is in effect until noon Tuesday. The winds are forecast to drop somewhat, but will still create wind chills of -20 to -30 until Wednesday morning.

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Driving conditions remain difficult Monday morning in areas of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa due to blowing and drifting snow from the storm that moved through the Midwest.

While road crews are returning to begin clearing highways, many remain hazardous.  Both the Minnesota and Iowa departments of transportation are advising that no unnecessary travel occur across southeastern Minnesota and northeast Iowa .  Blowing snow continues to close some rural roads in the region. Main roads in Wisconsin are reported as snow covered and slippery according to the DOT.

Cold temperatures are also a product of the storm.  Low temperature readings Monday morning according to the National Weather Service are double digits below zero.  La Crosse reported -11, St. Charles at -17, Sparta -10, and Viroqua at -13.

A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until noon Tuesday for the entire region in the wake of the storm.  Wind gusts will create dangerous wind chills of -30 to -50.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Travel in parts of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa is not recommended as Monday starts as blizzard conditions, along with blowing and drifting snow, all combine to make driving hazardous, as an arctic front sweeps through the Midwest.

The National Weather Service in La Crosse reports that snow plows were pulled off roads throughout Grant County as blizzard like conditions are being reported.  In Fennimore, the fire department is picking up people in stranded vehicles and taking them to the department building for the time being. Late Sunday evening, similar reports were made in other affected counties.

Winds in northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota are blowing at 50-60 mph. Reports from sheriff's departments in those areas state that numerous accidents have happened as roads in rural areas are becoming impassable. One report to the NWS from Winona County said that some deputies said it was they worst they have ever seen. 

In Houston County, eight foot high drifts were reported in portions of the county that have buried cars in the snow. 

In areas affected by the blizzard, no tow bans are in effect.  According to the NWS, stuck vehicles won't be moved until the ban is lifted.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 2:00 a.m. Monday morning for Wabasha, Winona, and Houston counties. Blizzard warnings are also in effect for parts of southwestern Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, and northeastern Iowa until 2:00 a.m.

Once those warnings expire, a Wind Chill Warning goes into effect until Tuesday at noon. Wind chills are expected to plummet to 35-50 below zero through the period.

As a result of this dangerous mix of cold and snow, numerous school districts in our area are closed Monday. 
Click here to see the latest list of school closures.
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