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Plow crews, crash investigators and those with shoveling chores stayed busy with up to a foot of snow that fell all weekend long

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    Alyssa Frick cleans off her car Sunday in the 600 block of Broadway Street as snow continues to fall. Headed for grocery shopping, she would travel the snow-covered and slippery roadways that persisted throughout the weekend. View more photos of the unseasonable mid-April snowstorm at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com.

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    With snow continuing to fall, Sara Kawell of Eau Claire finds her snowshoes are the best way to take a hike Sunday afternoon through Carson Park.

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Snow plows hit residential streets at midnight to keep roads cleared of the 9 to 12 inches of snow that accumulated in Eau Claire from Friday through Sunday evening, with wind gusts causing variations. 

The National Weather Service predicted light snow until daybreak today, accumulating an additional 3 to 5 inches in the night. The heavy snowfall over the weekend was not unique to western Wisconsin. Between 1 and 2 feet of snow has been reported from western Minnesota to the Green Bay area. 

“Often we’ll see isolated amounts that high, but to see that big of an area having that much snow is notable,” said meteorologist Lisa Schmit with the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, Minn.

In terms of city road conditions, the main arterial roads have stayed in good driving conditions, said Stephen Thompson, street maintenance manager for the city of Eau Claire. Thirty-nine equipment trucks have been out since 11 p.m. Friday, where they have remained ever since, he said Sunday evening. 

Motorists should park their vehicles on street sides with even numbered house addresses today because it’s an even numbered day. Alternate side parking ends Tuesday. 

The Eau Claire Police Department had 26 reports of car crashes and two reports of car crash injuries, with 18 cases of vehicles in need of assistance as of Sunday night. 

Sgt. Brandon Dohms said there are ways drivers can try and stay safe if they’re on the roads. 

“Plan extra time when driving and be patient with tow truck and emergency crews out on the road,” he said. 

Xcel Energy had no major reports of power outages or power line damages from the weekend storm. 

Eau Claire Energy Cooperative received reports of power outages in the area of the towns of Brunswick and Rock Creek on Saturday, according to a notice online. Dispatch crews restored power that evening. 

Looking forward, there is a chance on Wednesday for more winter precipitation, Schmit said. The mix of rain and snow should melt off quickly. 

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