Students and teachers woke up having to deal with the winter weather and the issues it caused on November 6.
4.5 inches of snow was recorded in La Crosse after the snowfall subsided.
“I got stuck on the road. My tires suck, and I wasn’t expecting snow today, that and the roads were icy,” said junior Carmen Redbird.
She commented on how she will hopefully have better tires before winter really picks up. Next time she will make sure to leave 20 minutes earlier because it took her so long to get to school when she only lives five minutes away.
“I happened to slide a lot because of the black ice, and I had to go up a hill to get out on the actual road so it was a lot harder to turn without sliding,” said junior Erin Pfaff.
For Pfaff, this was the first time she has driven in weather like this by herself. She said that it took her ten minutes to get to school and she almost fishtailed someone with her car because it was so slippery.
“Driving to the interstate was very exciting, challenging, it was slippery the packed wet snow caused problems,” said PE teacher Mark Lehnherr.
Lehnherr left early from home to make his way to school on time. With the slippery roads, Lehnherr followed a vehicle going 35 miles per hour on the interstate. He also saw a semi that slid into the median because of the road conditions.
“I didn’t run across anything today, like cars in the ditch and whatnot, I was up in Alma Center this morning,” said school resource officer Kyle Nosbisch.
Nosbisch didn’t experience anyone in the ditch today, but he overheard his co-workers on his radio taking care of multiple vehicles that were in need of assistance. Nosbisch also noted that if a vehicle were to be withholding $1,000 or more of damage, then that incident would have to be reported on file because of state law. Nosbisch also recommended that everyone pack an emergency weather kit in their vehicle in case of a vehicle break down.
“Something I did last night was I packed a big bag of winter gear, some snacks, and some water in case I ever break down because it’s scary to thing to think about, and you want to be prepared either way,” said Pfaff.
Though everyone had different experiences, they all had to find some way around the snowy, slippery and slushy weather.
“Take the extra time, be careful, know your surroundings and be alert to what’s around you,” said Lehnherr.