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Riding the waves of snowfall in the Coulee Region

Plow clears parking lot.Onalaska, Wis. (WXOW) – February continues to bring the snow. In fact, it’s one of the snowiest Februarys on record.

This has residents once again digging out their driveway and sidewalks.

“..Because the 13 inches or whatever it was that one time and then it seems like every other day we’re shoveling. That’s a lot of shoveling,” Onalaska resident Connie Olson said.

It also has troopers reminding drivers again they need to slow down as the crash numbers continue to climb. One Minnesota State Trooper said drivers aren’t doing their part to adjust to road conditions.

“We’ve already had 12 squad cars hit throughout the state, just this month alone,” Sgt. Troy Christianson said.

Back end of a Minnesota State Patrol car smashed up.
Photo given by the Minnesota State Patrol

Troopers aren’t the only ones being hit. Near Rochester a snow plow tipped over on its side after it was rear ended by a semi. So far in southeast Minnesota 11 plows have been hit.

Christianson says a lot of the crashes are upper Midwest residents. He explained over confidence leads to drivers taking bigger risks.

“Make sure you drive a speed limit that’s safe for the conditions in and also the town. The road ways are going to change as you travel. So it’s important that you always monitor the roadways and the conditions,” Christianson added.

Troopers remind drivers if you see a car on the side of the road, slow down and move over into the adjacent lane if possible.

For Olson, she tries to look at the positives of living in Wisconsin.

“I don’t really like extreme heat either,” Olson chuckled. “For me this isn’t horrible and I’d rather face some snowfall than like tornadoes.”

While many hope the snow falls start to lessen, Olson says it’s just the way of life in the Coulee Region.

“I guess the thing is it’s just if you are here, you try to like it.”

Jeremy Culver

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