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City being asked to change alternate-side parking rule, based on when snow falls

Brad Williams

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Alternate-side parking in La Crosse will be enforced again starting Tuesday night, with several inches of snow being predicted in the next 24 hours. 

But a change in the parking rules is being proposed at City Hall, to delay the start of alternate-side enforcement until the first 2-inch snowfall of the season that occurs after November 15th. 

The proposed amendment will be discussed by the city council judiciary committee on January 5th. 

Under current rules, police can start leaving tickets on cars November 15th, even if there’s no snow on the ground.

La Crosse’s only 2-inch snowfall so far this season happened in late October, before the official alternate-side rules were in effect, and the city decided to pause enforcement of the parking rules until more snow arrived.

The special parking rules would still remain in effect through March 15th, no matter when the first 2-inch snowfall occurs.

The official snow totals would be measured at the La Crosse Airport by the National Weather Service.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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