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Overview

A winter storm moved through the region on Tuesday (Feb 2). Snow spread across Iowa early that morning, with the heavy snow reaching the Interstate 90 corridor mid to late morning.  Snowfall rates of 2" per hour were common during the peak, which led to snow covered roads very quickly. Hazardous travel conditions developed shortly after snow onset.

Snow let up for a time late in the day, but returned overnight and early the next day adding to the snowfall totals.  Several more inches of snow fell from a few bands that developed before the storm moved off to the east.

Warm air became a factor as well, leading to lower snowfall totals in parts of northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin.  A wintry mix or just rain fell at times.

Strong winds, with gusts of 35 to 45 mph, led to blowing and drifting snow, especially in open terrain and ridge tops.  The warmer temperatures lowered the blowing snow threat for some areas though, especially along and south of Highway 18 in southern Wisconsin and northern Iowa.

 

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Peak Wind Reports:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
712 AM CST WED FEB 3 2016

...WIND REPORTS PAST 24 HOURS...

LOCATION                     SPEED     TIME/DATE       LAT/LON

...IOWA...

...CHICKASAW COUNTY...
2 N IONIA                    28 MPH    1230 PM 02/02   43.07N/92.46W

...FAYETTE COUNTY...
OELWEIN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT    43 MPH    1255 PM 02/02   42.68N/91.97W
FAYETTE-CWOP                 32 MPH    1203 PM 02/02   42.84N/91.80W

...FLOYD COUNTY...
CHARLES CITY AIRPORT         49 MPH    0115 PM 02/02   43.07N/92.61W

...HOWARD COUNTY...
3 NE RICEVILLE               27 MPH    1050 PM 02/02   43.40N/92.50W

...WINNESHIEK COUNTY...
DECORAH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT    33 MPH    0215 PM 02/02   43.28N/91.74W

...MINNESOTA...

...DODGE COUNTY...
DODGE CENTER AIRPORT         31 MPH    0814 PM 02/02   44.02N/92.83W
HAYFIELD                     27 MPH    0307 PM 02/02   43.89N/92.85W

...FILLMORE COUNTY...
PRESTON FILLMORE COUNTY AIRP 32 MPH    0635 AM 02/03   43.68N/92.18W

...MOWER COUNTY...
AUSTIN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT     32 MPH    0114 PM 02/02   43.66N/92.93W

...OLMSTED COUNTY...
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRP 33 MPH    0301 PM 02/02   43.91N/92.50W
MAYO HELIPAD                 29 MPH    0953 PM 02/02   44.02N/92.48W

...WABASHA COUNTY...
BEAR VALLEY                  28 MPH    0149 AM 02/03   44.32N/92.44W

...WINONA COUNTY...
WINONA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT     26 MPH    0333 PM 02/02   44.08N/91.71W

...WISCONSIN...

...CRAWFORD COUNTY...
1 SW MOUNT STERLING          29 MPH    0104 PM 02/02   43.31N/90.94W

...GRANT COUNTY...
PLATTEVILLE MUNICIPAL AIRPOR 39 MPH    0115 PM 02/02   42.69N/90.44W
2 NE DUBUQUE                 31 MPH    1255 PM 02/02   42.52N/90.62W
1 ENE BOSCOBEL               27 MPH    0103 PM 02/02   43.15N/90.68W
BOSCOBEL AIRPORT             26 MPH    0132 PM 02/02   43.16N/90.67W

...JACKSON COUNTY...
BLACK RIVER FALLS AREA AIRPO 26 MPH    0415 PM 02/02   44.25N/90.86W

...JUNEAU COUNTY...
1 E MAUSTON                  28 MPH    0200 PM 02/02   43.80N/90.06W
VOLK FIELD AIRPORT           26 MPH    0344 PM 02/02   43.94N/90.25W
NECEDAH                      25 MPH    0348 PM 02/02   44.03N/90.08W

...LA CROSSE COUNTY...
LA CROSSE REGIONAL AIRPORT   35 MPH    0333 PM 02/02   43.88N/91.26W
WFO LA CROSSE                30 MPH    0355 PM 02/02   43.82N/91.19W
3 W SAINT JOSEPH             26 MPH    0205 PM 02/02   43.78N/91.10W

...MONROE COUNTY...
4 NNW RIDGEVILLE             31 MPH    0504 PM 02/02   43.94N/90.60W
2 N TOMAH                    27 MPH    0301 PM 02/02   44.02N/90.50W
SPARTA/FORT MC COY AIRPORT   25 MPH    0215 PM 02/02   43.96N/90.74W

...TAYLOR COUNTY...
MEDFORD TAYLOR COUNTY AIRPOR 28 MPH    0415 PM 02/02   45.10N/90.30W

...TREMPEALEAU COUNTY...
2 NNE TAMARACK               29 MPH    0406 PM 02/02   44.21N/91.46W

...VERNON COUNTY...
VIROQUA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT    33 MPH    1155 AM 02/02   43.58N/90.90W

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

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Snowfall Totals

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
933 AM CST WED FEB 3 2016

...SNOWFALL REPORTS FROM FEBRUARY 2-3...

LOCATION                     AMOUNT

...IOWA...

...ALLAMAKEE COUNTY...
LANSING                     10.0 IN
WATERVILLE 8S                8.0 IN

...CHICKASAW COUNTY...
IONIA 2W                     7.0 IN        
NEW HAMPTON 0.4 SW           6.8 IN

...CLAYTON COUNTY...
STRAWBERRY POINT             9.0 IN
GUTTENBERG                   7.5 IN
EDGEWOOD                     7.5 IN
ELKADER 6SSW                 5.3 IN
GUTTENBERG DAM 10            5.0 IN

...FAYETTE COUNTY...
ARLINGTON 3NW                9.7 IN
FAYETTE 6SE                  9.7 IN
WEST UNION                   9.5 IN
FAYETTE                      7.4 IN
OELWEIN 0.8 WNW              6.0 IN

...FLOYD COUNTY...
CHARLES CITY                 9.0 IN
NASHUA 2SW                   8.0 IN

...HOWARD COUNTY...
ELMA                         9.3 IN
CRESCO 1NE                   8.0 IN

...MITCHELL COUNTY...
OSAGE                        7.5 IN
ST ANSGAR                    7.5 IN

...WINNESHIEK COUNTY...
DECORAH 6ESE                 8.0 IN
DECORAH 7.9 ENE              7.3 IN

...MINNESOTA...

...DODGE COUNTY...
MANTORVILLE 1.9 ESE          5.2 IN

...FILLMORE COUNTY...
HARMONY                      9.0 IN
CHATFIELD 9ESE               8.3 IN
PETERSON 1S                  8.2 IN
SPRING VALLEY                8.0 IN
SPRING VALLEY 3E             8.0 IN
WYKOFF 3.1NW                 8.0 IN
PRESTON                      6.8 IN
MABEL                        6.1 IN

...HOUSTON COUNTY...
CALEDONIA                    8.9 IN
LA CRESCENT 1NNW             7.7 IN
CALEDONIA 5.4S               7.5 IN
MOUND PRAIRIE 2NE            7.0 IN
SPRING GROVE 4N              6.5 IN
MOUND PRAIRIE                6.5 IN

...MOWER COUNTY...
GRAND MEADOW                 8.5 IN
AUSTIN 2ENE                  7.8 IN
AUSTIN WASTE WATER TREATMENT 7.0 IN

...OLMSTED COUNTY...
ROCHESTER INTL AIRPORT       8.9 IN
ROCHESTER 2NW                8.0 IN
ROCHESTER 2.6 NE             7.0 IN
ROCHESTER                    7.0 IN
CHESTER                      6.8 IN
ELGIN 2SSW                   6.0 IN
BYRON 4N                     5.0 IN

...WABASHA COUNTY...
ZUMBRO FALLS 3.5 SSW         4.8 IN
WABASHA                      4.6 IN

...WINONA COUNTY...
4SW WINONA                   9.0 IN
GOODVIEW                     7.3 IN
WINONA DAM 5A                6.5 IN
MINNESOTA CITY DAM 5         5.5 IN
ALTURA 5W                    5.5 IN
LA CRESCENT DAM 7            5.5 IN

...WISCONSIN...

...ADAMS COUNTY...
FRIENDSHIP                   9.5 IN
NEW ROME 2SE                 8.0 IN
MONROE CENTER 1E             7.5 IN

...BUFFALO COUNTY...
ALMA DAM 4                   4.5 IN

...CLARK COUNTY...
LOYAL 4E                     4.8 IN
NEILLSVILLE 1NW              5.0 IN
OWEN 2N                      2.7 IN

...CRAWFORD COUNTY...
DE SOTO 1SE                 10.8 IN
STEUBEN 4SE                  8.5 IN
EASTMAN                      7.0 IN
LYNXVILLE DAM 9              6.5 IN
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN             5.6 IN
GAYS MILLS 6SE               5.0 IN

...GRANT COUNTY...
LANCASTER 4WSW               6.5 IN
MUSCODA 6S                   6.5 IN
CASSVILLE                    3.5 IN
CUBA CITY                    3.0 IN
PLATTEVILLE                  2.5 IN
SINSINAWA                    2.0 IN

...JACKSON COUNTY...
BLACK RIVER FALLS 1.7 NNE    7.9 IN
BLACK RIVER FALLS            6.6 IN
HATFIELD DAM                 6.0 IN

...JUNEAU COUNTY...
MAUSTON 1SE                 10.0 IN
UNION CENTER                 8.5 IN
MAUSTON                      6.5 IN

...LA CROSSE COUNTY...        
LA CROSSE WEATHER OFFICE     9.5 IN
WEST SALEM                   8.4 IN
LA CROSSE REGIONAL AIRPORT   8.2 IN
LA CROSSE 4NNW               7.6 IN
HOLMEN 2S                    7.4 IN
LA CROSSE 5ESE               6.8 IN

...MONROE COUNTY...
CASHTON 3NNW                11.2 IN
CASHTON 5N                  10.5 IN
KENDALL                     10.0 IN
TOMAH                        9.5 IN
TUNNEL CITY                  9.5 IN
WILTON 4.2E                  9.5 IN
WARRENS 4WSW                 9.3 IN

SPARTA                       7.9 IN
FOUR CORNERS                 7.1 IN

...RICHLAND COUNTY...
RICHLAND CENTER 4N           8.5 IN
BLOOM CITY 2NNE              6.0 IN

...TAYLOR COUNTY...
LUBLIN                       7.0 IN
MEDFORD                      6.0 IN
WESTBORO 4E                  4.0 IN

...TREMPEALEAU COUNTY...
TREMPEALEAU DAM 6            8.0 IN
INDEPENDENCE 3NE             8.0 IN
ETTRICK 4WNW                 7.6 IN
ARCADIA                      7.5 IN
WHITEHALL 2W                 6.0 IN

...VERNON COUNTY...
VIROQUA 1S                  11.0 IN
VALLEY 1.5NE                11.0 IN
CASHTON 2SW                  9.8 IN
WESTBY 3ENE                  9.7 IN
HILLSBORO 2SW                8.5 IN
LA FARGE                     8.4 IN
HILLSBORO WSW                8.0 IN
STODDARD 5NNE                6.8 IN
READSTOWN 4NE                6.2 IN
GENOA DAM 8                  6.0 IN
STODDARD                     5.6 IN

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

Photos:

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La Crosse, WI - Weigent Park Chatfield, MN
(Photo by Brennen Round)
Winona, MN
(Photo by Bob Anderson)
Austin, MN
(Photo by MNDOT)

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Lansing, IA (10:41 a.m.)
(Photo by IA DOT)
Near Lansing, IA (11:11 a.m.)
(Photo by IA DOT)
Near Decorah, IA (9:33 a.m.)
(Photo by IA DOT)
Near Osage, IA (11:06 a.m.)
(Photo by IA DOT)

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Viroqua, WI
(Photo by Avonby Yanicka)
NWS La Crosse    

Radar:

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A radar image showing one of the heavier bands during the early morning hours of Feb.3rd Loop of radar images showing band hitting areas south of La Crosse.

Service

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Map of watches that were issued early on January 31st Map showing warnings and advisories for February 2nd National map showing all the headlines for this storm across the country

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Animation showing how snowfall forecasts in our service area shifted northwest in time. Animation showing how snowfall forecasts in Wisconsin shifted northwest in time. (Courtesy of NWS Milwaukee) Graphic created on Wednesday, Jan.27th concerning upcoming storm. Graphic updated on Friday, Jan.29th concerning upcoming storm.

Additional Information

The Staff of NWS La Crosse Working The Storm

NWS La Crosse staff

 


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