‘Winter’s not done with us yet’: Storm brings slippery roads, may impact Tuesday morning commute

MADISON, Wis. – Monday’s storm brought slushy, slippery conditions to the Madison area, and its effects may carry over into Tuesday, as well.

“People underestimate how quickly your car can slide out of control,” said Kathryn Kleckner, who lives on Old Middleton Road. She spent Monday watching close-calls on the road outside her house.

“There’s a little curve and it slants toward the gutter. There was one car that just slammed right into the snow bank when it lost control,” Kleckner said. “Coming the other direction, there were cars sliding and they were slipping into the other snowbank. When they tried to over-compensate, they would go over the center line, and that’s when it gets scary.”

She put up a sign in her yard that says “When icy, slow down.” Two cars crashed in her yard earlier this winter.

“Both the drivers were fine, just the damage went to the cars and my little lilac bush,” Kleckner said. “It’ll recover.”

It wasn’t just Old Middleton Road feeling the storm’s effects.

“One thing with this particular storm is because it is a little warmer than what your typical winter storms are, a lot of the snow is melting when it hits the roads, so we’re seeing sloppier, slushier roads out there,” said Bryan Johnson, a spokesperson for the City of Madison Streets Division.

Since it started snowing, Johnson said 32 city plow trucks have been on the roads, applying salt where needed on main thoroughfares, which make up about half of city streets. Two more trucks are laying down sand on certain hills, curves and intersections.

Once the storm stops around midnight, about 150 pieces of equipment will go out to plow all city streets, according to a Streets Division release. That work will take 12 to 16 hours, sliding into Tuesday morning, when Johnson said commuters should still plan for extra driving time.

“Don’t tailgate or get too close. Give yourself plenty of time to stop,” he said. “Plan it as if it’s the worst case scenario. Give yourself a few extra minutes, set your alarm a little earlier just to make certain you can get through town just in case it is a little snowier than you expect. That way you’re not running late or feeling like you have to rush. That’s where we run into problems.”

Kleckner said from her part of town, things were so far, so good.

“So far, they’ve all recovered from the slips and slides,” she said.

No snow emergency is declared in Madison Monday night, but the city is asking residents to park off the street to help with the overnight plowing and to give the plows space.

Johnson encouraged residents to visit this city website for winter information, including street conditions, snow emergency alerts and winter parking.