Madison warns drivers of slick roads Tuesday night

Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 3:30 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2021 at 10:26 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The City of Madison is already warning drivers to expect a tough drive home tonight as snow continues to fall on southern Wisconsin.

The city’s Streets Division already has plows on the salt routes, preparing and starting to clear the roads through the evenings, it said in a Tuesday afternoon update.

The City of Madison issued a snow emergency Tuesday evening, which calls for all residential streets to be plowed.

The Streets Division updated the public, saying it would begin plowing residential streets at 11 p.m. Tuesday. A crew of 150 vehicles from the Streets Division fleet, heavy equipment contractors and crews from the Engineering and Parks division will assist with clearing snow.

Despite that, city officials warn falling snow – especially during the heavy bursts it expects – can pile on the roads and make them especially slippery. They noted that what’s falling is “very wet and heavy,” much like the snow over the weekend.

Officials also are reminding them to leave plenty of room to stop and to make turns carefully, so the vehicle does not start sliding. They also reminded residents to give themselves ample time to clear their driveways ahead of the Wednesday morning commute, as well as providing extra travel time.

Crews will salt routes on Tuesday and will stay on the routes until the storm ends.

Clearing sidewalks

Additionally, residents are reminded they need to have public sidewalks in front of their homes cleared of snow and ice by noon on Wednesday.

For those spots where there is ice that cannot be removed, people will need to keep them covered with sand or another substance.

Free sand is available at these locations, the city said.

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