A quick-hitting snowstorm Monday night made for treacherous driving for a while in Madison, but the main routes in the city were in pretty good shape come Tuesday morning.

No snow emergency was declared, but a general plowing operation is underway, the Streets Division said.

That means about 150 pieces of snow removal equipment, including private contractors, are on the streets and will most likely still be working when you go home tonight.

"Where there is no snow emergency, we ask residents to remove vehicles and trailers from streets if possible," said Bryan Johnson of the Streets Division.

Trash and recycling carts will be emptied today, but it could be slow going on streets not yet plowed. Residents are asked to keep the carts on the terrace or driveway and not in the street.

Drivers should be aware of the plows on city streets, and be prepared to clean out driveways after work.

The weather station at the airport recorded 2.3 inches of snow Monday night, while some areas of Madison got up to 4 or 5 inches of snow, mostly to the west, forecasters said.

State highways were ice- or snow-covered or had slippery stretches in practically all regions except for southeastern Wisconsin.

If traveling in the Badger State on Tuesday, check the highway travel map to see what the latest conditions are.

The Dane County 911 Center said there were several dozen slide offs during the snowstorm Monday night, but no serious crashes.

About 50 school districts and individual schools were opening late Tuesday morning, mostly in southwestern Wisconsin and north/northwest of Madison.

For a list of school delays, go online to Channel3000.com.


Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.