Snow: 7 to 13 Inches
MILWAUKEE - A slow moving storm dumped up to 13 inches of snow on parts of southeastern Wisconsin before moving out of the area.
Dozens of schools were closed or delayed, especially in Dodge and Washington counties.
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Travel was slow Tuesday morning as Wisconsin residents attempted to dig out from snow nearly a foot deep in some southern parts of the state.
The snowfall causing slippery roads that led to a 20-car pileup in western Wisconsin and dozens of accidents in other parts of the state.
Nine to 13 inches of snow fell overnight in Washington County, 7 to 12 inches in Ozaukee County and 7 to 11 inches in Sheboygan County in southeastern Wisconsin, National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Kuhlman said. Seven to 8 inches fell to the west in La Crosse, Rock, Dane, Green and Lafayette counties.
There was less snow farther north, with 3.5 inches in Green Bay at Austin Straubel International Airport, said Mark Gehring, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The Germantown School District called off classes Tuesday and a number of school districts delayed the start of classes, including Slinger, Johnson Creek and Fond du Lac.
Most highways in the state were snow covered and slippery Monday night, and the Wisconsin State Patrol Web site showed that remained the case Tuesday morning in most of the southern two-thirds of the state although the snowfall had stopped in most areas.
Part of Interstate-90 near the Wisconsin-Minnesota border was closed for about two hours Monday afternoon following a pileup on a snow-covered Mississippi River bridge.
"(There was) one vehicle that lost control due to the icy conditions, the other vehicles attempted to avoid that and were unsuccessful and they couldn't stop," said La Crosse County Sgt. Bill Lubinski.
A female driver was taken to a hospital with head and back injuries, Tri-State Ambulance director Matt Zavadsky said.
Driver Jesse Carlson was headed home to Dresbach, Minn., after work when he saw a vehicle spin out and hit another vehicle. He said he braked to avoid the collision and found himself in the middle of the pile.
"I must have gotten hit four or five times," he said.
The fine, fluffy snow snarled rush-hour traffic Monday afternoon in Milwaukee. Numerous fender benders, spinouts and slide-offs were reported. At one point, a route that normally takes 10 minutes on I-94 took 70 minutes due to the snow.
The morning commute also was difficult as many roads had yet to be cleared. Madison commuters reported delays as well Tuesday morning due to snow and slow-moving traffic.
There were at least 30 crashes and run-offs into ditches during the morning commute in the Fond du Lac area due to icy conditions and drivers going too fast for conditions, said Sgt. Brad Seymour, with the State Patrol's Fond du Lac district. But there were no injuries reported because most drivers were wearing their seat belts, he said.
Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport received 7.6 inches of snow through Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The snow caused numerous delays and a handful of cancellations at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport, said airport spokeswoman Pat Rowe. Minor delays continued Tuesday morning, although both runways were open and operations were normal, Rowe said.
By Tuesday morning, 8.8 inches of snow had fallen in Madison at Dane County Regional Airport, said Mark Gehring, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
West Salem in La Crosse County got 8.8 inches of snow, Taylor in Jackson County got 4 inches, and 4.6 inches fell just north of Wautoma in Washara County, Gehring said.
"Part of the reason the accumulations were as high as they were was because the snowfall was dryer and had more air in it than when there is a lot of moisture in it," Kuhlman said.
"But salt does not work as well on the snow when it was as cold as it was, at 10 to 15 degrees, and that can lead to some slick roads," the meteorologist added.
The following totals are from TMJ4 observers, National Weather Service observers, and unofficial viewer reports:
12.5" - Random Lake ( Sheboygan County)
11.6" - Sheboygan ( Sheboygan County)
11.0" - Howards Grove ( Sheboygan County)
11.0" - Friess Lake ( Washington County)
11.0" - Holy Hill ( Washington County)
10.7" - Cedarburg (Ozaukee County)
10.2" - Milwaukee-Northeast Side (Milwaukee County)
10.2" - Germantown (Washington County)
9.9" - Beaver Dam (Dodge County)
9.7" - West Bend ( Washington County)
9.5" - Fond du Lac (Fond du Lac County)
9.5” - Brown Deer ( Milwaukee County)
9.5" - Allenton (Washington County)
9.5" - Hartford (Washington County)
9.0" - Port Washington (Ozaukee County)
9.0" - Jefferson ( Jefferson County)
9.0" - Elkhart Lake (Sheboygan County)
8.8" - West Allis (MIlwaukee County)
8.8" - Horicon (Dodge County)
8.5" - Pewaukee ( Waukesha County)
8.5" - Waukesha ( Waukesha County)
8.5" - Palmyra ( Jefferson County)
8.3" - Sullivan ( Jefferson County)
8.2" - Taycheedah ( Fond du Lac County)
8.1" - Greendale (Milwaukee County)
8.1 - Fort Atkinson (Jefferson County)
7.8" - Watertown ( Jefferson County)
7.6" - Mitchell International ( Milwaukee County)
7.3" - Richfield ( Washington County)
7.3" - Juneau (Dodge County)
7.2" - Merton ( Waukesha County)
7.0" - Waterloo (Jefferson County)
6.8" - Brookfield (Waukesha County)
6.7" - Oconomowoc (Waukesha County)
6.5” - Big Bend ( Waukesha County)
6.0" - South Milwaukee (Milwaukee County)
6.0" - Union Grove (Racine County)
6.0" - Rochester (Racine County)
5.7” - Muskego ( Waukesha County)
5.2" - Waterford ( Racine County)
5.0" - Burlington ( Racine County)
4.5" - Caledonia ( Racine County)
4.4" - Franksville (Racine County)
4.0" - Twin Lakes ( Kenosha County)
3.9" - Sturtevant ( Racine County)
3.8" - Pell Lake (Walworth County)
3.4" - Paddock Lake (Kenosha County)
Most roads are snow-covered and slippery. Please allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination this morning. Drive slowly to allow for the slippery road conditions.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.