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UPDATE: Plows will be running into Friday morning

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Today's snow is so heavy that city plows are having to make three passes on each lane of traffic just to clear a single street, and they will be doing that well into Friday morning.

Thursday's snowfall is not normal and because of that, it is not a normal plowing effort for the City of Madison Streets Department.

Cars getting stuck in the snow was an all-too common sight on city streets today, especially for Luke Gerry and his girlfriend Nicole.

"We started about 6:30 a.m., started digging out and then about 20 minutes later we managed to rock it out of the stall," said Gerry.  "Then we turned it around and got it to the other side of the street and then right before she left again it sunk back in the snow, so, it took another 15 to 20 minutes to get it out again." 

But that wasn't the end of it.

"She was just coming home from work and turned around the park on the other side of the street here and as soon as she turned around, she just sunk in the snow again," said Gerry.

Fortunately, not everyone was trying to drive.

"People have been listening to the weather, and listening to the media and a lot of them stayed home, which was a good thing," said City of Madison Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley.  "Its helped us with the plowing, its helped us with trying to get the streets open."

That task was made far more complicated than usual.

"We've had so much snow, that it now is going over the top of the grater blades, so we're gonna move some of them off of our main streets to go onto the side streets so we don't lose those as well," said Kelley.

Those side streets normally wouldn't be plowed until the snow stopped falling.  For the rest of the night, the wind will be the main concern.

"With the streets that we do get open, they'll blow shut.  So we have to focus on some of the streets that blow shut, we'll have to keep opening them," said Kelley.

Kelley wants to remind everyone that city plows may pile snow in front of your driveway, but its your responsibility to clear that out.  Kelley says they don't have the time or money to do that.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- At 10:00 a.m., the City of Madison Streets Department moved all but 10 snow plows off of the main streets and into residential neighborhoods.

Streets Department Spokesperson George Dreckmann says they normally do not start plowing residential side streets until the snow stops falling, but due to the sheer amount of snow they have changed those plans.

Mayor Paul Soglin confirms it is rare, but not unprecedented, for plows to be moved from main roadways before snowfall ends.

About 150 plows, run by both the City of Madison and its contractors, are now out removing snow from those side streets.

Crews do not expect to finish clearing streets until sometime on Friday, since we are expecting more snow Thursday afternoon and evening. It will take plows at least three passes on each lane to clear the street because of the weight of the snow.

You can get updates from the City of Madison by clicking on this link.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Snow plow drivers will work through the day and evening to get the roads cleared. As of Thursday morning, the city has 90 plows salting routes to keep the main streets open.

The City of Madison Streets Department says it will have contractors start to plow residential streets at 10:00 a.m. Thursday. Madison has asked them to bring in as much additional equipment as they can to help.

The City of Madison is asking residents to remove their vehicles from the street if possible.

Crews do not expect to finish clearing streets until sometime on Friday, since we are expecting more snow Thursday afternoon and evening. It will take plows at least three passes on each lane to clear the street because of the weight of the snow.

Madison officials say the heavy snow will lead to the formation of large boulders and heavy windrows in driveways. They say it's a resident's responsibility to clear their own driveways.

The Streets Department will try to collect refuse and recycling but it may not be able to until Friday.

You can get updates from the City of Madison by clicking on this link.

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