La Crosse gets closer to record April snowfall

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -- - Today is April 15, and while April showers were supposed to be bringing closure to people's winter blues, Mother Nature had something else in mind.

So far, the spring remains a dream for many La Crosse residents. 

"We are hoping and praying," said Joshua Nordstrom, a UW-La Crosse student.

Experts said snow is not uncommon at this time of year.

"We average about 1.7 inches of snow for the month of April," said Stormteam 8 meteorologist  Michelle Poedel. 

She said the amount the area has seen is not typical.

Florida Native Brian Pottorff said it was the last thing he had in mind.

"We flew in from Florida (on) Friday night because we had a lot in Neshonoc and we sold it so we had to come here," Pottorff said. "Otherwise, I wouldn't be here." 

La Crosse's record for snowfall is 17 inches. It was set back in 1973. 

"Depending on what the rest of the month does," Poedel said, "we could get there." 

In Wisconsin's history, snow does not stop falling in April. 

"The latest it's ever snowed is May 28," Poedel said. "We can get snow through the end of May. Now that is not typical, but it has happened."

La Crosse resident Bailey Proudfoot said she questions why she lives here.

"I have been asking myself that for a very long time," Proudfoot said. 

Pottorff said this weather is why he moved some place warmer. 

"I don't know why you live here," Pottorff said. "I changed. I went to Florida." 

Nordstrom said, despite the weather, the community is still home. 

"I'm originally from Minnesota so I am used to this," Nordstrom said. "I think the Midwest is where my heart is."

Pottorff said, even though he now lives in Florida, he will always come back to visit. 

"We are always Midwest people and always will be," Pottorff said. 

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