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Storm brings La Crosse first 2-inch snowfall since April, sub-zero temps to follow

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Before this week, the last time La Crosse had at least 2 inches of snow in one day was last April, a week after Easter.

The city got 9 inches over a two-day period last April. And that snowfall happened less than a week after 90-degree weather.

Meteorologist Mike Kurz with the National Weather Service in La Crosse said it’s quite unusual not to have a 2-inch snowfall until January.

“Usually by December, at the latest, usually we’ve already got at least a couple inches from a snow event, so we just kind of got nickel-and-dimed with very small amounts,” Kurz said.

La Crosse got between 1 and 2 inches of snow each of the past three months, for a total of less than 5 inches for the season before Tuesday’s storm.

Downtown La Crosse was without snow during the Rotary Lights Parade back in November

Kurz said “real cold” weather will set in over the next week or two with La Crosse getting its first sub-zero temps of the winter by this weekend.

“It does look like it’s gonna be noticeably much colder across the region,” Kurz said, “and sub-zero low temperatures aren’t out of the question either.”

The last daily low below zero in La Crosse was minus-4, late last February.

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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