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Winter storm warnings out in western Wisconsin

Published On: Dec 09 2012 01:35:06 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 09 2012 11:05:18 PM CST

Credit: Matthew James

MADISON, Wis. -

Winter storm warnings are out for a large part of western Wisconsin, where several inches of snow have fallen.

The National Weather Service said 7 inches have been recorded near Grantsburg while nearly 5 inches had fallen in La Crosse by mid-afternoon Sunday. It's the first snowfall greater than 2 inches that La Crosse has seen since Jan. 21.

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for Vernon, Juneau, and Adams counties until midnight.

Winter Weather Advisories for Grant, Crawford, and Richland counties are also in effect until midnight.

26 salting and sanding truck crews hit the road in Madison around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

They say they've been ready for winter since Nov. 2, but aren't complaining about the late start.

"Those of us in management are not complaining, we're always happy to not have to be out working and spending money," said George Dreckmann of the Madison Streets Department. "We like to sit on that and return some funds back to the city at the end of winter."

Several spinouts in the Slinger area northwest of Milwaukee ended up with vehicles in the ditch.

The weather service predicted 6 to 10 inches will fall in northwest Wisconsin on Sunday, with 6 to 7 inches in the north-central part of the state.

Meteorologist Karin Swanson said it will be mostly cloudy with light snow Sunday evening, then patchy light snow or flurries overnight in the Madison area.

Swanson said Monday will be mostly cloudy and cold with a few patchy light snow showers or flurries possible. She said the high temperature will be 29 degrees Monday.

To stay up to date on how winter conditions will affect parking and public transportation in the Madison area, go here.

Meanwhile, the Minneapolis/St. Paul area is getting buried in snow, with both of the Twin Cities declaring their first snow emergencies of the season.

Forecasters are predicting a potential 14 inches could fall there as dozens of flights in the area have been cancelled.

The snow there is expected to taper off on Monday.

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