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Recap of Wednesday's snowfall


MADISON (WKOW)-- The recent snowfall was definitely not as bad as the big blizzard Wisconsin saw in late December, but the snow did cause problems for many people here in Madison.

Wednesday night 175 plows, sanders, and street sweepers were out cleaning the roads. Their goal was to clean things up before the cold front came in Thursday morning.

While some were out working, others were enjoying the freshly fallen snow.

"We went to the Menard's, picked up our sleds and came out here," Lisa Raetzman says.

For Raetzman the snowfall meant a fun change of pace after work.

"I thought it would be a fun little activity instead of working out to come to the sled hill," Raetzman chuckles.

But in other parts of town the snow isn't all fun and games. Just ask the handful of drivers involved in accidents along the beltline, one involving a semi that slid into the ditch.

City buses also had a tough day deciding whether or not to hit the roads, but in the end service went smoothly with only three buses going in the ditch.

"We kind of make the determination on safety and whether or not we can get from one side of town to the other, but as far as today, today seems like a rather light day," Mick Rusch of Madison Metro Bus explains.

As for plow drivers the wet and dense snow forced them to start plowing earlier than usual.

"We're trying to get it cleaned up before the cold weather, the freeze comes in," says Madison Street Superintendent Chris Kelley.

They started early Wednesday morning, but in the afternoon they decided to kick things up a notch by calling in contractors to clean the roads. They worked until early Friday morning.

But they're not the only ones working hard.

"This is definitely a whole new thing for me," says sledder John Parkinson.

Several sledders worked up a late night sweat at Elver Park in Madison, including John Parkinson from Fort Worth Texas. It was his first time sledding.

"I thought I wouldn't get that much snow in my face, but I got a lot of snow in my face," Parkinson says.

A fun experience he's glad to have, but one that just can't beat those warm days back home.

"The other day it was 80 degrees back home so I think I look forward to that more than anything now," says Parkinson.

This snow will definitely have an affect on Winter recreation. Several cross country and snowmobile trails will be able to open up again in the coming days and with the cold weather over the next few days it's likely that snow will stick around for a while.

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