Colleges closed early, city and county workers preparing for weather

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Classes were dismissed at noon Thursday at UW-L, which Chancellor Joe Gow said was decided Wednesday night.

Gow said in an E-mail “I deeply regret the many inconveniences last night’s decision and announcement will cause.”

Classes at Western Technical College were dismissed at 1:40 Thursday afternoon.

La Crosse’s Public Works Director said maintenance crews prepare for bad weather by making sure all of their equipment is in good shape, and evaluating their salt supply.

He said the city goes through about 3,000 tons of salt on a yearly basis.

So far the city has used 2,800 tons, but it has an additional 500 tons remaining out of contract.

“We’re concerned, we’re not panicking yet at this point, because we do have salt available, and we do stretch that salt by mixing it with sand for residentials,” said La Crosse Public Works Director Dale Hexom.

La Crosse County Emergency Services’ Administrator said they plan for days like today by making sure there’s adequate staff.

The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department said people should remember that although the temperature has been warmer, melting snow will turn to ice when the temperature drops.

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