"We’re receiving reports from veteran troopers in several areas of the state of conditions that are as bad as they’ve seen in 25 years,” said State Patrol Lt. Col. Matt Langer. “We need motorists to avoid traveling unless it’s absolutely necessary. It is simply too dangerous right now and MnDOT needs room to clear the roads of snow and ice.”
Southeastern Minnesota roads that aren't closed are listed as either in difficult or hazardous conditions.
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While the immediate La Crosse area escaped most of the effects of the storm, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for La Crosse, Vernon, Houston, Crawford, and Monroe Counties until 6:00 p.m. Friday. The advisory deals with the winds and wind gusts blowing and drifting snow around in higher elevations and ridge tops.
La Crosse received 2.2 inches of snow in the past 24 hours according to the National Weather Service. Other areas received far more, especially in Northeastern Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota. Rochester and Mantorville, in Olmsted and Dodge Counties respectively, report nine inches of snow as of 6:00 a.m. Alma had five inches, and Trempealeau reported three according to the NWS. Spring Valley in Fillmore County got 10.7 inches of new snow. Wisconsin's Emergency Operations Center reported that as of 3:00 p.m., 18 inches of snow fell in Superior, 13 in Ashland, 11 in River Falls, and 7 in Eau Claire
Wind gusts, some reported up to 55 mph, were blowing around the what snow did fall.
More than 290 people spent the night in shelters in southern Minnesota because of the storm reports the Department of Public Safety.
Several thousand homes are without power after either winds, ice, or a combination of the two downed powerlines in Minnesota and Wisconsin. According to Xcel Energy said it had approximately 60,000 customers lose power from the storm. As of noon, they said only 6,600 remain. Extra crews are working on those outages Friday afternoon. An area stretching from Winona to Eau Claire to the Twin Cities is where the outages occurred.
A home in Austin was damaged when part of a tree covered in heavy, wet snow fell. Another tree blocked traffic on a city street when it fell.
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