Governor Doyle Declares a State of Emergency for All 72 Snowbound Counties in Wisconsin
Um, yeah. It is snowing. Big time. About six inches or more. Up to 14 inches were expected in Madison alone, but that has been downgraded.
Fox 47, the station for the Green Bay Packers’ games, was just declared off the air due to a power failure. I’m sure it will be restored in time.
From the U.S. Weather Service:
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
1124 AM CST SUN DEC 12 2010
.THE STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM HAS MOVED TO NEAR WESTERN LAKE
ERIE…WHILE AN ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM IS BUILDING SOUTH OUT
OF CANADA. THIS IS CREATING A VERY TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT ACROSS
SOUTHERN WISCONSIN…RESULTING VERY STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS. LOOK
FOR NORTHERLY WINDS TO BE SUSTAINED AT 20 TO 30 MPH…WITH GUSTS
TO 35 TO 45 MPH.
THIS WILL RESULT IN BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
THROUGHOUT THE AREA…MOSTLY IN OPEN RURAL AREAS MAINLY NORTHWEST
OF A LINE FROM JANESVILLE TO WAUKESHA TO PORT WASHINGTON.
VISIBILITIES OF 1/4 MILE OR LESS WILL MAKE FOR EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS CONDITIONS FOR ANYONE TRAVELING.
THE HEAVIEST SNOW INTO THIS AFTERNOON WILL BE CONFINED TO FAR
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN. VISIBILITIES THERE WILL BE REDUCED TO 1/4 TO
1/2 MILE AT TIMES DUE TO THE FALLING SNOW AND STRONG WINDS. ALL OF
THE SNOW WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST THIS AFTERNOON.
BITTERLY COLD AIR…WITH WIND CHILLS DOWN TO 15 TO 25 BELOW
ZERO…WILL FOLLOW THE STORM TONIGHT INTO MONDAY. AREAS OF
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING.
Madison Metro will resume bus service on Monday; otherwise, there is no bus service today, December 12.
There have been some power outages reported in Shorewood and in Middleton’s Airport Road area. By this time, MG&E should have brought back service. Better make sure you have candles, extra blankets, flashlights, batteries or emergency radios and battery-powered mini-TVs available just in case. If you must travel, bring a kit. If you become stranded, stay by your vehicle. The DOT suggests, though, that you don’t dare stir out of your house to go anywhere, except in an emergency. Many roads are impassable.
[Governor] Doyle said he declared the State of Emergency Saturday night as a precautionary measure.”We continue to experience blizzard-like conditions for much of the state,” Doyle said in a news release. “As a precautionary measure, I have declared a State of Emergency in order for state resources and National Guard assets to be available to respond as needed.”
The governor’s State of Emergency calls to active duty elements of the Wisconsin National Guard as deemed necessary by Brig. Gen. Don Dunbar to assist authorities where needed. The declaration instructs all state agencies to assist in any response or recovery efforts that may be encountered.
The State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated Saturday night monitor the situation. Staff from the Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin Emergency Management, Department of Transportation, and State Patrol are working in the EOC.
The Wisconsin State Patrol, Emergency Management and Department of Transportation are working closely with local officials to monitor road conditions. If conditions warrant, actions could be taken to close roadways or portions of the Interstate where necessary.
Much of the upper Midwest is bracing for more snowfall and frigid temperatures. The National Weather Service has put parts of eight states under a blizzard warning for Sunday. The warning is in effect for Chicago and much of northern Illinois, all of Iowa, large sections of southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, and smaller areas in North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and Michigan.Most of the rest of the region was under a winter storm warning or a hard freeze watch.
The heavy storm was moving eastward a day after it dumped 20 inches of snow in parts of the region, forcing numerous road closures and even postponing for a day an NFL football game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.
These are activities and entities that are either canceled or closed today. This is a partial list only; most church services in Madison have been canceled.
# The Madison Maennerchor Christmas Concert, originally scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, at Turner Hall, is now canceled.
# Hitters SportsPlex Sunday morning leagues are canceled. Afternoon leagues’ status are to be determined.
# The Healthy U Family Fun and Health Day at the Goodman Community Center is being postponed until Jan. 16.
# GHC’s Urgent Care Clinic and Pharmacy will delay opening on Sunday until 1 p.m. on Sunday.
# Open House for Techla (“Teck”) Starker’s 75th Birthday Celebration has been canceled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
# Madison Children’s Museum is closed Sunday, Dec. 12. All activities have been canceled.
# Madison Public Library’s Central Library and Sequoya Branch will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 12. All Madison Public Library libraries expect to be open regular hours on Monday.
# Wisconsin Historical Museum will be closed on Sunday, December 12th
# The Love Lights ceremony at the University of Wisconsin Hospital has been canceled.
# The Lights Of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony at St. Mary’s Hospital has been canceled. The evergreen trees located at the entrance to St. Mary’s Gardens will be lit on Monday and will stay lit until Jan. 6, 2011.
# The YWCA – Transit programs, JobRide and S.A. Prevention, are canceled today due to the weather.
# Meals On Wheels – Home Health United – Noon meals delivered in Madison, Middleton & Monona
# YMCA of Dane County, Inc. opening at noon today (Dec. 12). All classes canceled.
# Waisman Center Children’s Theatre: today’s performance of the Trinity Irish Dancers has been cancelled. The show will be rescheduled in the spring.
# The free meal at the Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St., scheduled for 11am – 12pm Sunday 12/12 has been cancelled due to the weather.