By Correne Martin
Whether it’s remembered as the Groundhog Day Winter Storm or Winter Storm Kayla, the season’s most anticipated weather event—predicted for nearly a week in advance—arrived on Feb. 2 as forecast.
While parts of the central Plains, Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes saw more significant blizzard conditions, the Prairie du Chien area was not exempt from the heavy snow, snow and ice-covered roads and slippery conditions.
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, Prairie du Chien’s latest precipitation report was 5.6 inches, according to the National Weather Service of La Crosse. Lynxville had received 6.5 inches, Guttenberg 7.5 inches, Steuben 8.5 inches and De Soto 10.8 inches.
In anticipation of the Feb. 2 storm, schools all over the region canceled classes as early as Monday, Feb. 1. Cities in southwest Wisconsin as well as northeast Iowa declared snow emergencies in advance as well so crews could clear the streets from the snow.