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From the City of Madison…

32 salting and sanding crews have been out since around 11pm last night. Salt and salt brine is being applied to main arterials, main connector streets, streets that Madison Metro runs on and streets around schools and hospitals.

Crews will continue to salt and plow until those roads are no longer slippery and the snow has been plowed off of them. Residential streets will not be plowed at this time. They will be sanding the hills, intersections and curves on residential streets.

The snow could cause problems during the morning commute; we do have some slippery spots. Drive carefully; drive slowly and brake early and you should give yourself time to stop.

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Caution: Slippery Roads!

We’re waking up to a light drizzle and the temperature hovering right around the freezing point.  Perfect conditions for REALLY SLIPPERY ROADS!

Use extra caution on the roads today, and take a little extra time getting to work this morning. There are reports of slippery stretches throughout the area, and especially on 90/94 where it is ice-covered between Madison and Portage.  It’s especially slick near Lodi at Highway 60 at the Interstate.

Watch for black ice on all area roads, and especially on bridges, ramps, intersections and roundabouts.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day.  And with that holiday, lots of people have the day off, so expect traffic to be a bit lighter than usual today.  Please keep in mind that there is no school, so watch for kids out playing today.

A couple of other things that may affect your commute today…

* Madison Metro buses are running on a Saturday schedule today.

* UW is back in session tomorrow, so there could be a little extra traffic in the campus area as students return to their dorms and apartments.

Janesville Fire Department

The Janesville Fire Department will be conducting fire training exercises today (1/16/15) on several houses on Milton Avenue in Janesville…It is possible that there may be traffic congestion or temporary delays while the burn is in progress. Traffic on Milton Avenue will be diverted during the exercise.

McFarland Police in Oregon

Today, Wednesday, January 14, two McFarland Police Officers (in marked McFarland PD squads) will be patrolling and providing primary police response in the Village of Oregon from 6am until 6pm. This arrangement will allow all members of the Oregon Police Department time to say goodbye to Oregon Police Department Lt. Karey Clark. Lt. Clark passed away unexpectedly last Friday.

If you live, work or travel through the Village of Oregon on Wednesday, don’t be alarmed to see a McFarland PD squad car on patrol, or showing up at your call. Additionally, telephone calls to the Oregon PD main telephone number will be routed to PSC during this same time period.

 

Kids At 20 Schools Get a “Cold Day”

The list continues to grow.  We’re up to 20 schools in southern Wisconsin that aren’t unlocking the doors in the morning to the dangerously cold weather.  Here’s the most current list at the time of this post.

 

Benton Schools

Closed

Boscobel Schools

Closed

Cuba City Schools

Closed

Fennimore Schools

Closed

Iowa-Grant Schools

Closed

Ithaca Schools

Closed

Lancaster Schools

Closed

Mauston Schools

Closed

Montello St. John’s Lutheran

Closed

New Lisbon Schools

Closed

Platteville Schools

Closed

Potosi Schools

Closed

Richland Schools

Closed

River Ridge Schools

Closed

Riverdale Schools

Closed

Royall Schools

Closed

Southwestern Schools

Closed

Weston Schools

Closed

Wonewoc – St.Paul’s Lutheran

Closed

Wonewoc-Union Center Schools

Closed

The List is Growing; 18 Schools Now Closed For Wednesday

As we get ready to head into the deep freeze that will hit the area starting tonight, schools too are getting ready; by locking their doors.  Here’s the most up-to-date list as of the time of this post.

Benton Schools

Closed

Boscobel Schools

Closed

Cuba City Schools

Closed

Fennimore Schools

Closed

Iowa-Grant Schools

Closed

Ithaca Schools

Closed

Lancaster Schools

Closed

Mauston Schools

Closed

Montello St. John’s Lutheran

Closed

New Lisbon Schools

Closed

Platteville Schools

Closed

Potosi Schools

Closed

River Ridge Schools

Closed

Royall Schools

Closed

Southwestern Schools

Closed

Weston Schools

Closed

Wonewoc – St.Paul’s Lutheran

Closed

Wonewoc-Union Center Schools

Closed

16 Schools Now CLOSED Wednesday Due to Cold.

The list of schools that aren’t open for class tomorrow keeps growing.  They’re closing due to the the extreme cold that is expected to grip the area begining overnight.  Here’s the most up-to-date list as of the time of this post.  Check back for updates.

Boscobel Schools

Closed

Cuba City Schools

Closed

Fennimore Schools

Closed

Iowa-Grant Schools

Closed

Ithaca Schools

Closed

Lancaster Schools

Closed

Mauston Schools

Closed

Montello St. John’s Lutheran

Closed

New Lisbon Schools

Closed

Platteville Schools

Closed

Potosi Schools

Closed

River Ridge Schools

Closed

Royall Schools

Closed

Weston Schools

Closed

Wonewoc – St.Paul’s Lutheran

Closed

Wonewoc-Union Center Schools

Closed

UPDATE: Schools Announce Closures for Tomorrow (Jan 7)

As of 3:55 this afternoon 14 schools have already announced that they won’t be open for classes tomorrow due to the bitterly cold weather that is expected.  Here is the current list.  Check back for an updated list as more schools add themselves to those hanging a “Closed” sign on their doors tomorrow.

 

Boscobel Schools

Closed

Cuba City Schools

Closed

Fennimore Schools

Closed

Iowa-Grant Schools

Closed

Ithaca Schools

Closed

Lancaster Schools

Closed

Mauston Schools

Closed

New Lisbon Schools

Closed

Platteville Schools

Closed

River Ridge Schools

Closed

Royall Schools

Closed

Weston Schools

Closed

Wonewoc – St.Paul’s Lutheran

Closed

Wonewoc-Union Center Schools

Closed

City Of Madison Snow Plow Updates

From the City Of Madison streets department:

Snow is predicted to start this evening. The Streets Division will have 30 crews staying on until Midnight and a new crew of 32 coming in at that time. We will be concentrating our efforts on our salt routes.

We will not be able to use salt due to the very cold temperatures. All our trucks will be applying sand.
With the cold conditions predicted for the next several days we do not anticipate being able to use salt or salt brine to tackle this snow fall.

Sand can help provide traction, but it will not melt snow. Traffic will pack down snow which bonds with the pavement. Our plows are able to scrap off quite a bit of snow from the streets. However, since we cannot use salt to loosen up the snow, there will be snow cover on all of our streets, including main roads and bus routes.

Because of the snow cover, Tuesday morning’s commute will be slow. Residents are urged to allow extra time to get to work. Drivers should allow extra time to stop and keep a safe distance between vehicles.

2014…A Little Safer on the Roads

We were just a little bit safer on the roads in 2014.  The final numbers are in and there were 591 deaths on Wisconsin roads in 2014 – that’s the lowest total since 1943 when we had 417 people died in crashes.  That is also the first time that the number was under 500 since 1943.

A few factors lead to the lower number, including the fact that nearly 85% of all drivers and passengers in Wisconsin now regularly use their safety belts – that number is still a bit below the national average of 87%.  Wisconsin has also recently implemented more programs to deter drunk driving and speeding. Additionally, David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety says that “Engineering advancements have made the vehicles we drive and the roads we drive on much safer.”

Streets Clean-Up

The city of Madison Streets Division has been hard at work clearing the most heavily traveled roads after the overnight snowfall.  Main streets have been salted, but falling temperatures will soon force a switch to sand.  Blowing snow is also causing problems in open areas and the Streets Division is paying particular attention to those spots.  Crews will stay out overnight tonight, but the Monday morning commute may be slower than usual, as many residential streets will still be snow covered.

Don’t Look Now…Here Comes Winter Weather!

Get ready for the return of winter to the Madison area this weekend.  We are expecting freezing rain and sleet throughout the day on Saturday, changing to accumulating snow on Saturday night into Sunday morning.  The National Weather Service says that hazardous driving conditions are expected to develop over the weekend.

Stay Safe Tonight with Free Metro Bus Service

Stay safe tonight while you ring in the new year.  Don’t drink and drive!  Madison Metro is offering free bus service, (Courtesy of Miller Lite),  tonight from 7 PM unitl 3:30 AM to get you home safe.   Check out the Madison Metro Website for complete information.

Make It A Safe New Year!

As you plan your New Year’s Eve celebrations for tonight, be sure to plan for a safe ride home after the parties.  There are several options to get you home safe tonight, here are a few of them…

Madison Metro will be offering free rides tonight from 7pm until approximately 3:30am.  Buses will follow the regular weekday schedules.

The Wisconsin Tavern League’s Safe Ride Program will be operating this evening.  If you have had too much to drink and need a ride home, call 608-270-8591

And even the Beloit Police Department will be offering free rides home tonight.  In Beloit, call 608-757-2244

Have a happy and SAFE New Year!