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Travel continues to be a challenge in the Coulee Region.

“Snow continues to fall across the entire area and lead to difficult to dangerous travel. A band of heavy snow has also developed across parts of west-central Wisconsin, where 2 or more inches of accumulation is possible through noon. Delay travel if possible,” according to the National Weather Service, La Crosse.

Police are urging citizens to take extra precautions.

Patrol Sergeant Marte Peterson of the La Crosse County Sheriff's Office said rural areas weren't as bad as anticipated.

There were a few motor assist calls from rural areas earlier today, Peterson said. People's vehicles were stuck and needed assistance pulling their vehicles out of the snow or getting their cars to start but there haven't been many people calling in with problems, Peterson said.

There are three incident closures near Oakdale. I-90/94 East closed beyond exit to County PP and County C since about 11 a.m.

Other police departments posted statements on Twitter and Facebook.

"Today is a good day to remember the WI "Steer It, Clear It" Law. If you are in a minor fender bender, move out of traffic! ," tweeted Assistant Chief Rob Abraham of La Crosse police.

Onalaska police said their snow-covered roads are “hazardous as the snow continues to fall at a moderate pace.” Onalaska police anticipate more snow through the afternoon and drifting conditions as wind increases. “Unnecessary travel is not recommended. If you must travel please do so with extreme caution.”

Tomah police said their area will encounter "heavy snowfall" during the late evening but people may be able to travel during the evening. They also said different areas vary in their forecast from 6 inches to 15 inches and people need to be safe.

Peterson advises people:

  • Use phone alerts for weather updates
  • Beware of drifting because of high wind speed and black ice
  • Allow sufficient amount of travel time
  • Maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead of their cars

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