Another round of winter; Snow emergency in Madison
Warnings, watches issued
The city of Madison declared a snow emergency through Thursday after Tuesday's snowfall. Residents are asked to park on the even numbered side of the street Tuesday night and the odd side of the street Wednesday night.
A list of snow emergencies and other weather-related announcements can be found here.
City Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley said many streets will not be cleared before the Wednesday morning commute.
"We're hoping that by (Wednesday) morning, the main streets should be in good condition and we'll have plowed the residential streets. Now, we may not have completely finished residential streets because starting at 10-11 o'clock, it's a 10 to 12 hour job, so it's quite likely they'll be residential streets that have not seen a plow yet," said George Dreckmann, with the city of Madison.
Madison Streets crews are hoping this is their last major plowing effort for a while. The city budgets for six major snowfalls a year, and so far it has plowed eight times.
There were those who chose to wait out some of the storm in the soon-to-be Crescendo coffee shop on Monroe Street in Madison. Megan O'Connor and Alyssa Gehrke studied Monday afternoon, watching the snow from their window-side seats.
"You're just like, 'Why?' It's supposed to be spring. It's supposed to be letting up," O'Connor said. "It's never fun, ever. And you're never happy to see it."
Jessica Miranda was stuck shoveling her driveway and sidewalk on Park Street.
"It'll be nice for like two days, and then it will be snowing again," Miranda said. "That's enough. It's just irritating."
On her way home from work, Rhea Mackowski slid off the road and into the curb.
"This is the first time I have ever gone in a ditch with snow, so it was kind of scary," Mackowski said.
Mackowski left with a dent in her car, ready for winter to be over.
"Yes, I am getting tired," Mackowski said. "I am ready for spring, definitely."
University of Wisconsin-Platteville administrators decided to cancel Tuesday classes before the snow started flying.
They were concerned about road safety for students and staff trying to drive to campus, said Paul Erickson, a spokesman.
"(Wednesday) we hope to be back to normal," Erickson said. "Our grounds crew is out on campus all over the place, making sure the sidewalks and parking lots are free of snow."
The campus shuttle bus wasn't running, although the library, study areas and intramural center remained open.
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