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Fox Valley residents, like those throughout much of the Midwest, spent most of Monday digging out from a weekend storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in many places.
With snowfall expected to wind down on Monday night with an inch or two expected in the Appleton area, things should settle down a bit.
On Wednesday night, there’s a chance of light snow or freezing rain, according to Jim Skowronski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Green Bay.
“Other than that, it looks like we’ll have temperatures probably a little bit below normal for the next few days,” he said.
In Appleton, snowplow crews were on duty again Monday night. Some city residents didn’t get their streets plowed until after 11 a.m. Monday.
Appleton officials converted the city’s snow emergency from Class III to Class I, effective 6 a.m. today.
A Class III emergency restricts parking on all city streets 24 hours per day. Vehicles found in violation may be ticketed and towed. A Class I emergency prohibits parking on all city streets between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., but allows parking the rest of the time. The Class I emergency is in effect until further notice.
The storm dumped 13.5 inches of snow in Waupaca and Wautoma, 12.6 inches in Darboy and 11.8 inches in Appleton.
Scott Cultice, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Green Bay, said Appleton received 8.5 inches of snow on Sunday in the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight, smashing the previous record for Feb. 20 of 3.3 inches set back in 1945. The record for a single-day storm for any day in February is 9 inches, set on Feb. 5, 1908.
Most schools in the Fox Cities were closed Monday as municipal crews fought to keep roads clear of drifting snow.
Locally, law enforcement agencies reported dozens of weather-related traffic mishaps, mostly vehicles in the ditch and minor crashes.
One of the more serious crashes occurred early Monday when a semitrailer truck tipped over on U.S. 41 near Richmond Street. The highway was partially blocked.
Winnebago County authorities reported the southbound lanes of 41 were closed Monday morning after a semitrailer jackknifed about 7:45 a.m. near State 44.
The State Patrol declared a no-tow emergency rule, meaning vehicles in ditches could not be towed until road conditions improved.
Elsewhere in the Midwest, 19 inches of snow fell at Madison in western Minnesota, while the Minneapolis suburbs of Eden Prairie and Bloomington got 17 and 16 inches, respectively.
Minneapolis declared a snow emergency on Monday, joining St. Paul and many other cities in the southern half of Minnesota that declared them a day earlier. It was the eighth snow emergency of the season for Minneapolis, which officials said was the most it has ever declared in a single winter.
Ice downed power lines in Michigan and Ohio, leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity for at least parts of Monday. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
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