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Snow slows morning commute

Madison had 32 crews out by rush hour

MADISON, Wis. - Snow and frigid conditions made it slow going for commuters trying to get to work Monday morning in Madison.

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Snow accumulations may not be significant, but colder temperatures could make the impact of the snow greater.

"Accumulations will be around one inch," said WISC-TV meteorologist Haddie McLean. "But thanks to the cold temperatures this past weekend, the snow will stick to any untreated roads and sidewalks."

Madison streets superintendent Chris Kelly said the changing conditions is why he had 32 crews out salting main streets by the start of the rush hour.

"It's starting to stick a little bit, so commuters will need to start to slow down," said Kelly.  "It will be a slow commute."

Snow spread across southern Wisconsin early Monday morning and continued through the morning commute.

Kelly said he didn't expect he will need to use plows for this storm, since accumulations are not expected to be significant.

"We will plow the main streets once the snow starts to stick," said Kelly. "But there are no plans to plow side streets at this time, since the snow is not expected to get near three inches, which is when we order all streets to be plowed."

Despite the storms it was business as usual at the Dane County Regional Airport Monday.

Airport officials said they had one cancellation notice out of Dallas, and everyone on those flights was notified at least two days in advance.

All other flights are expected to fly out as scheduled.

"At this point, no airlines have put any weather related cancellations, reschedule programs out. We're of course going to monitor that and keep our finger on that pulse to make sure there aren't any challenges," Brent McHenry with the Dane County Regional Airport said.

Dane County Regional Airport serves nearly 2,500 travelers a day. They expect to have more than 10,000 fly out over this holiday weekend.

In Racine County, all three northbound lanes of Interstate 94 were closed for about an hour and a-half Monday morning between Highways 20 and K because of a crash.

In Milwaukee County, additional sheriff's squads helped deal with a crush of spinouts during the morning commute. Sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin says the first snowfall of the season always seems to catch people off guard.

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