Wisconsin School closings is a compulsory measure

As mass media continues to inform, the main and impressive snowstorm of the winter of this year becomes the reason of many problems including those connected to education. This Tuesday morning started for the citizens of south central Wisconsin with the unpleasant news that the consequences of the snowstorm will be even worse than everyone expected.

As Mark Schnabel, the leader of a crew at the Dane County Highway Department informed, they are waiting for coming those days when it’s hard to clear the main streets from snow, he also said that right now over 50 plows and salters are working on this problem. We also want to remind you that recently all the main country highways were tackled thanks to the previous work of the plows and salters this night.

So it’s no wonder that local authorities decided to close more than 100 Wisconsin school districts including MMSD (the Madison Metropolitan School District). Madison Area Technical College and UW centers in Baraboo and Rock County were closed too. This compulsory measure acts since 6 a. m of Tuesday 12/9.

City streets were snow-covered, but the main arterials and bus routes were plowed overnight.

Streets Superintendent Al Schumacher said a snow emergency would be declared later for Tuesday night and Wednesday night.

\"The main streets look pretty good,\" Schumacher said. \"They are snow-covered, but once you get out of your residential street, you shouldn\'t have too much trouble driving on the main streets.\"

Twenty-eight city plows were out overnight, but more than 60 pieces of snow fighting equipment will be out in force before morning rush hour.

\"We won\'t do much on the residential streets until after the snow ends, probably around 3 p.m.,\" Schumacher said.

So far, three inches of snow had been recorded officially in Madison, but there could be much more to come.

Weather Central meteorologist Brian Olson said Madison will most likely end up with 7-8 inches before the storm tapers off Tuesday afternoon, while areas north and west will see 9-12 inches, and there will be 3-6 inches to the south and only about three inches along the Illinois border.

Bands of precipitation were coming up from Illinois early Tuesday morning, said Weather Central meteorologist Bill Romine.

\"We have a good surge of moisture coming up, and there\'s more in Iowa, but most of the snow will be done between noon and 3 p.m.,\" Romine said. \"The drive home tonight should be much quieter than the ride in this morning.\"

Wind could cause problems with the evening commute.

Winds up to 20 miles per hour could cause major blowing and drifting Tuesday evening and night, said Wisconsin Emergency Management.

\"Colder temperatures will allow the snow to become drier, which will make it easier to blow around,\" according to the agency\'s storm situation report.

The most snow in the area as of 11 p.m. Monday was nine inches in Pardeeville, with six inches in Portage and Montello, five inches in Juneau and 4.4 inches in La Crosse.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said most roads in the state were snow-covered and slippery or ice-covered and hazardous.

Local main highways were basically snow-covered and slippery, but U.S. 151 from Dubuque to Dodgeville and U.S. 14 from Madison to Lone Rock were ice-covered and hazardous.

The Dane County Sheriff\'s Office reported few accidents or slideoffs overnight, mainly because there was very little traffic as most people stayed put.

Schnabel said the full complement of county highway snow removal units will be out until 8 p.m. Tuesday, then will concentrate on the main state highways and the interstate highways overnight Tuesday night.

\"We\'re hitting it hard,\" Schnabel said.

He advised drivers to steer clear of snowplows.

\"Stay back,\" Schnabel said. \"Don\'t go around the plows, just let \'em do their jobs.\"