Ice accumulation causes power outages, crashes

Ice accumulation causes power outages, crashes

An accumulation of ice across southern Wisconsin led to numerous car crashes and slideoffs and knocked out power to more than 1,000 people Friday.

Madison Gas and Electric spokesperson Steve Schultz said nearly 1,200 customers lost power after a tree branch fell on power lines west of Middleton around 4:30 p.m. Power was restored to those customers Friday evening, he said.

Ice also caused tree branches in several places, including at the WISC-TV studios, to fall.

Ice accumulation causes power outages, crashes

Officials across the region warned people to slow down and leave extra travel time Friday night to avoid getting into a crash.

A rush-hour crash on Highway 30 closed the highway for nearly 45 minutes . Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials also reported crashes Friday on the Beltline, Interstate 39/90 and Highway 14.

Madison streets superintendent Chris Kelley said residential streets and sidewalks may become slippery, so people should leave extra time to get to their destinations safely. Platteville police reported bridges and ramps near the city were icy.

Freezing drizzle will change over to light snow Friday night as colder air above the surface catches up to cold air at the surface. There is a potential for 1-2 inches of snow to fall by Saturday morning.

A winter weather advisory is in place for Madison and areas to the north until 6 a.m. Saturday.