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First heavy snow of season in La Crosse brings alternate-side parking



La Crosse police have declared the start of alternate-side parking for the winter, following the snowstorm which moved through the area on Friday and overnight.

That means on Saturday night, drivers who park on the curb in La Crosse will have to be on the even side, because Sunday is Dec. 12. They’ll need to switch to the odd side on Sunday night for the overnight hours when snowplows go out.

After last winter, when little snow fell before Christmas, the city changed the winter parking rules, so that odd-even parking would not begin until after the first 2-inch snowfall.

Much of the immediate La Crosse area reported 5 to 6 inches of snow before the storm ended. Before Friday, early season snowfalls in La Crosse left less than 1 inch on the ground.

The new parking rules replace the city’s previous policy of starting alternate-side parking on Nov. 15 even if no snow had fallen by that date.

The seasonal parking rules will now remain in effect until March 15.

Snow levels from this storm have been reported as high as 21 inches in St. Paul.

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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