Plowing starts Sunday night; Slippery roads could affect Monday morning commute

Winter storm dumps up to 10 inches of snow in La Crosse

A winter storm moving across the Upper Midwest has dumped up to nearly 10 inches of snow in the La Crosse area.

Madison’s Streets Division said crews are maintaining the city salt routes and will remain on those routes until switching to plowing operations around 9 p.m.

“Our combined plow force will be approximately 170 pieces of equipment,” officials said. “Even though this is a dry powdery snow, we have a lot of it.”

Officials said it will likely take the crews 10 to 12 hours, if not longer, to clear all residents streets.

“The main streets are in decent winter driving condition,” officials said. “Some slipper spots persist, especially in intersections. And slipper spots could be a factor for the Monday commute.”

The National Weather Service reports 8 inches of snow in the Milwaukee suburbs of Brown Deer and Menomonee Falls on Sunday.

The Madison airport reports more than 7 inches, and snow was continuing to fall early Sunday afternoon. Seven inches of snow also is reported in Beaver Dam and Portage.

Meteorologist Dave Schmidt with the weather service in La Crosse says the wintry weather is “a slap of reality” after November’s mild weather.

The storm is expected to move out of southern Wisconsin Sunday night.

A strong arctic cold front is forecast to hit Wisconsin on Tuesday. Highs Thursday will be only in the single digits above zero.