The spring storm that slammed much of the nation’s midsection over the weekend created whiteout conditions and coated Coulee Region roads with ice and snow that slowed traffic all day Sunday.
Tomah and Sparta school districts decided already Sunday afternoon to delay the start of Monday morning classes by two hours. Click here for more information about schools delaying the start of classes.
The La Crosse Street Department declared an emergency that puts alternate-side parking rules in effect around the clock through 3 p.m. Tuesday to facilitate snow removal.
The mid-April storm Sunday dumped up to two feet of snow on parts of the Upper Midwest, coated roads with ice and battered areas farther south with powerful winds and tornadoes.
In the Coulee Region, snowfall totals by Sunday morning ranged from 5 inches in Stoddard to 14 inches in Black River Falls.
The La Crosse office of the National Weather Service received 8.3 inches, and 8.2 inches fell on Barre Mills.
The storm system prompted Enbridge Energy to temporarily shutter twin oil and gas pipelines in Michigan that may have been recently damaged by a ship anchor strike.
The Line 5 pipelines were temporarily shuttered Sunday afternoon due to a power outage at Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wis. Enbridge decided to shut down the twin pipelines until weather conditions improve in the Straits of Mackinac, the link between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
At least three deaths were blamed on the storm system, which stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. Storms also knocked down trees, caused airport delays and dropped hail on the Carolinas.
At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where more than 13 inches of snow had fallen, 230 flights were canceled Sunday. Two runways were open, but winds were still strong and planes were being de-iced. On Saturday, the storm caused the cancellation of nearly 470 flights at the airport.
The wintry grip on the Twin Cities forced the postponement of a third straight Twins-White Sox game.
Two northeastern Wisconsin communities, Tigerton and Big Falls, received more than 2 feet of snow over the weekend, the National Weather Service in Green Bay reported. Heavy snow on Sunday caused part of a hotel roof to collapse over a pool at a hotel in Ashwaubenon, but no one was in the pool area at the time and no one was hurt.
The storm finally let up in South Dakota, allowing the airport in the state’s largest city, Sioux Falls, to reopen for the first time since Thursday. Interstates 90 and 29 in parts of eastern South Dakota also reopened, and no-travel advisories were lifted across the state border in southwestern Minnesota.
And another round of snow is possible midweek in the Upper Midwest, said meteorologist Eric Ahasic at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minn.
“It’s not going to be as much snow as this one, thankfully,” Ahasic said.