MADISON, Wis. - It's a return to winter-like weather for Madison and parts of southwestern Wisconsin Monday morning.
The National Weather Service measured 15 inches of snow in the Grant County, Wisconsin community of Fennimore and 13 inches in neighboring Crawford County. Decorah, Iowa was dealing with 11 1/2 inches of snow while 10 inches fell in Rochester, Minnesota. A sprinkling of snow disrupted rush hour traffic in Chicago.
Barneveld, Belleville, Dodgeville, Fennimore and Prairie du Chien schools are among those closed Monday while others are starting 2 hours late.
The accumulating snow is quite a contrast to a week ago when high temperatures were in the 50s under blue skies.
"Heavy snow early this morning, reducing visibility to less than 1/2 mile at times, will taper off and end by midday," said News 3 Meteorologist Haddie McLean. "Snowfall totals will range from a couple of inches northeast of Dane county to 10"+ south and west of Madison. Highs will only be in the middle 30s today."
As the system passed to the east Monday morning, snow showers and freezing drizzle ended. But the snow should not stay around the area for long.
"Springtime showers and thunderstorms move into the area late on Tuesday," McLean said. "Highs will be in the middle to upper 40s through the middle of the week."
This storm will be farther north, with warmer temperatures expected. About one-fourth of an inch to an inch of rain could accumulate during rain and a few thunderstorms.
The rain falling on top of the fresh snow cover could cause some minor flooding to occur midweek.
Colder air will follow later in the week.
MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE
Nothing says Wisconsin quite like snow on the third day of spring. Roads across the area made for a rough morning commute
"I thought, I wish I didn't live in Wisconsin," said Steven Labarge when he recalled his Monday morning drive home to Mineral Point, after working third shift in Platteville.
He was passing time in his car at a nearby gas station as he waited for his street to be plowed.
"The roads were completely covered in snow. It was kind of like an icy snow," Labarge said.
Snow covered roads sent drivers into ditches and made images of them getting towed away common throughout southwest Wisconsin.
It took Fabious Tabor twice as long to go from Madison to Mineral Point.
"I was plowed in all the way up to here. So once I dug myself out, because I was on a main road, and when I dug myself out I put all the snow back there to get me better traction," said Tabor pointing to the pile of snow on the bed of his pick up truck.
Charles Anderson, who works for a landscaping company hired to clear a Kwik Trip gas station in Mineral Point, started working at the station at 3:00 a.m.
"From about 4:00 until about 7:00 I couldn't keep ahead of it. Just couldn't keep ahead of it, so we shut down for a short time and I've been pushing ever since," Anderson said around 9:30 a.m.
The last time he pushed snow was three weeks ago.
He said he knew there would one more round of winter weather but didn't expect this.
"With the winter that we had we just didn't have a lot of snow. You just think mother nature's got something in store for ya yet," said Anderson.
Since he enjoys being outdoors Anderson may be one of the few who didn't mind breaking the shovel out one more time.
"Spring's not here until you push snow one more time," Anderson said with a smile.
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