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Hundreds of schools closed in Wisconsin

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Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Students across Wisconsin have a day off. Hundreds of schools canceled classes as a major snowstorm moved into the state.

Madison, Prairie du Chien. La Crosse and Tomah were among the many school districts closed Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for some counties as winds of up to 45 mph were expected to create whiteout conditions. The State Patrol is advising against non-essential travel.

Ten inches of snow had already piled up in Osseo by early Thursday morning with 6 inches at Lomira.

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