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State digs out from major storm


UNDATED (WSAU)   Wisconsinites are digging out from one of the heaviest snow-storms in years. Twenty-inches fell just southwest of Madison at W-I-S-C T-V. Middleton had 19-and-a-half inches, and Beaver Dam 18. Hartford had 16 inches, and strong winds reduced visibilities to a half-mile. Portage had almost 16 inches. Many tree branches fell in Lake Mills under the weight of 15-inches of snow, and the winds produced drifts of up to three-feet. Platteville had 14 inches, and Neenah 11. The storm has headed east, and the Milwaukee area was about the only place where it was still snowing at three a-m. Winds remained strong, with gusts up to 43 miles an hour in Fond du Lac.

Power outages are still a problem. We Energies had almost 19,000electric customers still in the dark as of three this morning, including 15,000 in Metro Milwaukee. Wisconsin Power-and-Light said it had over 12,000 customers in the dark overnight – mostly in Fond du Lac, Walworth, and Dane counties. Wisconsin Public Service had over 2,200 customers without power overnight, mostly in the Green Bay and Chilton areas.

Madison set new records for the date yesterday for both rain-and-snow – which should tell you how slippery the roads are. State transportation officials said large trucks and commercial vehicles had unsafe travel conditions during the night due to the strong winds. Wisconsin has had two storm-related deaths, both in a Rock County crash west of Janesville on Wednesday night soon after the storm began. U-W Madison postponed its final exams yesterday, but they’re on for today and tomorrow. Most K-to-12 schools in the Badger State also closed yesterday.

Today clearing skies are forecast statewide, with areas of blowing snow in the morning. Highs will be in the 20’s before the mercury falls into the single-digits above zero tonight.