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Winter conditions create slick roads overnight


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Madison crews will continue working overnight to cleanup roads during the storm.

Madison Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley says 84 trucks will be out into Monday morning to finish up residential streets and other snow removal operations. 

With an additional inch or two of snow expected overnight, salt routes will also need attention. Crews will work to provide as clean a morning commute as possible. 

Kelley says crews will be working for the next week or two cleaning up vision hazards and bus stops because of how much snow fell.

A snow emergency remains in effect throughout Madison for Sunday and Monday night. Crews ask people to park on the odd side of the street Sunday night and the even side Monday night.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Two to four inches of snow fell from midnight until sunrise, creating slick roads Sunday morning.

"It's getting really, really slick by the minute," said Union cab driver Frank Mattingly, who was on duty overnight.

Cab drivers bringing people home after bar time say they could barely keep up with demand.

"It's too many people wanting cabs and there are bad conditions out, which is going to slow us down. They don't plow the side streets till the snow stops, so when we go on the side streets to pick people up it's going to be a mess," said Mattingly.

Drivers also say dozens of UW-Madison students have booked cabs Sunday morning to take them to the airport so they can try and catch flights home for the holidays. This weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year.

The City of Madison Streets Department had 32 trucks plowing and salting main roads throughout the night; however, officials say they won't be calling in additional people to plow side streets until the snow stops falling. If the snow is wet and heavy, though, there may be a chance that the city will send plows out more than once, according to Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley. 

City officials say that if people don't have to go out in the snow, they shouldn't.

Still, the snow did not stop some people from doing holiday shopping at 24-hour stores.

The sales they have ending now were more important than the snow, so we actually came out in the snow to make sure we got the deals that were coming to a close in this week's circular," said Jason Rivchin, who was shopping for a Toys for Tots campaign in another state.

However, Rivchin says the snow snuck up on him a little.

"It wasn't this bad an hour ago," he said. "We're going to get back before the snow actually does get worse and possibly go home."

27 Storm Track Meteorologist Ben Burkel says we should expect a few more inches to fall before the storm ends. For more on what to expect during the winter storm, click here for his forecast.  

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