Historic, record-breaking snowstorm ongoing

Officials warn of hazardous driving conditions

There will be a wide range of snow totals from this storm, depending on where you live in the News 8 viewing area.

The La Crosse County Public Safety Communications Department says city and county roads are “extremely slippery, causing hazardous driving conditions,” especially north of I-90 and HWY 53.

StormTeam 8 Meterologist Bill Graul says La Crosse and places south and east will likely see more rain than snow, but our northern and western counties could get anywhere from 1-6 inches of snow, with a few isolated locations seeing up to 10 inches. Pepin, Dunn and Wabasha counties will likely see more snow totals.

Graul says the snow will be very wet, heavy and “clingy,” so extensive tree damage and power outages may happen.

Rochester already has around 6-10 inches of snow, shattering a 69-year-old record one-day snowfall, Graul noted. Fourteen school districts in the News 8 viewing area closed because of the weather.

“In addition to the heavy snow concerns, computer models are indicating 1-2 inches plus of rain could fall across the region over the next three days, so area rivers will continue to run high and minor flooding could become a concern,” Graul said.