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Overview

An area of freezing rain swept through the region on Monday, January 16th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) leaving a coating of ice and making for treacherous travel conditions.

Ice accumulated on trees and power lines to a certain extent, but the worst conditions developed from re-freezing or accumulation of ice on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks.  Even when temperatures warmed a few degrees, and the precipitation turned to rain, it ended up freezing on the cold ground making for even thicker ice.

As the precipitation moved north during the day, more and more roads became ice covered and slick.  There were numerous spin-offs and accidents.  Many area schools were closed for 2-3 days straight and there were some power outages.

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Ice accumulation at the La Crosse National Weather Service on January 16th
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