Another round of snow is socking south-central Wisconsin this Tuesday evening, the second real taste of winter weather to hit the region in four days. With the roads and sidewalks around many parts of Madison still a mess from the snow and ice storm on Saturday, this latest snowfall is only going to add to commuters' headaches. The precipitation is expected to continue overnight, with a total accumulation of some three to five inches expected by morning.
This new layer of snow is another test for the city, which has been getting criticized for its response to the storm over the weekend. "City crews are working hard to clean up from the last storm and get ready for the next round of snow," says Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz in a winter weather update issued on Tuesday afternoon. "Madisonians can help them do their jobs by making sure to abide by the winter parking rules so plows can clear the streets all the way to the curb. Residents and businesses can also do their part by making sure their own sidewalks are clear, and assisting neighbors who may need a helping hand."
The second storm looked serious enough by late Tuesday afternoon that the city declared another Snow Emergency less than 12 hours after the last one ended. Set to remain in effect until 7 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, the city is asking drivers to remove their cars from street parking spots if possible. If not, parking is limited to the odd numbered side of streets tonight and even numbered side tomorrow, at the risk of a $20 or $30 fine.
Yup, winter is definitely here. One Madison resident should a couple minutes of footage during the storm last Saturday, shooting looks at a snow-covered Bear Mound Park in the Vilas neighborhood and a man pulling a child-filled sled across an unplowed Monroe Street, among other scenes on the near west side. This brief video tribute to the new season follows
Dane County remains under a Snow Advisory until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5. That's not the end of it, though, both to the consternation of drivers and the city streets budget as well as to the delight of winter recreation enthusiasts. The current forecast for the rest of the week calls for another couple inches on Thursday night, along with a continuing chance for more light snow over the weekend and into the new week.