Storm drops 6-11 inches

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Like this intersection at Beaumont Road and Wisconsin Street appears, visibility was reduced somewhat in the city of Prairie du Chien Tuesday morning due to the predicted snow storm. Visibility was less in the surrounding countryside and heavy snow and slippery conditions led to numerous reports of vehicles in ditches throughout Crawford County Tuesday. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Correne Martin

Whether it’s remembered as the Groundhog Day Winter Storm or Winter Storm Kayla, the season’s most anticipated weather event—predicted for nearly a week in advance—arrived on Feb. 2 as forecast.

While parts of the central Plains, Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes saw more significant blizzard conditions, the Prairie du Chien area was not exempt from the heavy snow, snow and ice-covered roads and slippery conditions.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, Prairie du Chien’s latest precipitation report was 5.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service of La Crosse. Lynxville had received 6.5 inches, Guttenberg 7.5 inches, Steuben 8.5 inches and De Soto 10.8 inches.

In anticipation of the Feb. 2 storm, schools all over the region canceled classes as early as Monday, Feb. 1. Cities in southwest Wisconsin as well as northeast Iowa declared snow emergencies in advance as well so crews could clear the streets from the snow.

On Tuesday, in addition to schools being closed, some businesses and organizations closed all day or by early afternoon due to a lack of customers.

Many schools were closed again Wednesday as snow continued to fall in the morning and roads were mostly snow covered with some slippery stretches, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Up to another inch of precipitation as well as blowing and drifting snow, with winds up to 20 mph, were expected throughout the day. From Thursday through Tuesday next week, the weather service forecasts periodic light snow chances, though significant snowfall does not look likely.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department had one reportable accident, with no injuries, Tuesday night. Other weather-related incidents in the county, according to Sheriff Dale McCullick, involved slide-offs with no damage and stuck vehicles.

“All in all, I’m very pleased with how things ended up. I think people listened and stayed home,” McCullick said. “I also think the highway department as well as the city, village and township plow drivers need to be commended for doing an excellent job of keeping the roads clear for those who had to travel.”

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