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For January 26
(for Southeast Minnesota, Northeast Iowa, and Western Wisconsin)
  • In 1996, a strong winter storm moved northeast from Iowa and blanketed much of the southwest and central Wisconsin with 10-18 " of snow. The heaviest snow occurred along a 100 mile axis centered from La Crosse northeast toward Fort McCoy and further into northeast Wisconsin. An isolated report of 18" was received 6 miles east of La Crosse and the La Crosse Regional Airport received 12" (record snowfall for this date)). Meanwhile, the rest of the area experienced between10-13". Blizzard conditions existed during the height of the storm (afternoon and evening) leaving drifts of 4 to 8 feet. Travel was nearly impossible. The snow lingered into the early morning hours of the 27th. Snow totals for the event ranged from: In IA: Charles City (10"), Lansing (10"), Decorah (8"), Cresco (7.5"), Dorchester (6.5"), Waukon (6"). In MN: Elgin (9.3"), Winona (9"), Lanesboro (8"), Minnesota City (8"), Rochester (7.2"), Grand Meadow (7"), Hokah (7"), Harmony (6.5"), Preston (6"). In WI: Viroqua (15"), Jump River (10"), Genoa (9"), Mather (6"), Muscoda (6").
  • In 1981, the record warmth which began on the 24th continued across southwest Wisconsin, with the following locations recording their warmest January temperature: Hillsboro (59), Mather (58), Sparta (57), Blair (56), and Owen (52).
  • In 1944, record warmth was experienced across southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin. Wisconsin Dells, WI (63), Grand Meadow, MN (57), and Mondovi, WI (56) all had their warmest January temperature.
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