Snow's no foreign thing when you live in Madison, Wis. But this year with an emphasis on the Clean Lakes Alliance, clearing the snow and getting rid of ice on the road has become a little more difficult. Less sand and salt is being used. Street Superintendent Charlie Romines told NBC15 news that the move is "an ongoing effort to preserve water quality." Because of that, there is a longer wait for plows to clear the roads and more people are using that waiting time to get out and explore. Here's what the town looks like under a blanket of snow.
Wisconsinites pull out their winter boots after the first big snow of the season. In just over 14 hours over 7 inches of snow accumulated in Madison, Wisconsin. Residents began to prepare for a long and cold winter that is only beginning.
Resident Jeff Liggon, and reporters father, uses a shovel to clear off his car after the large snow fall hit by surprise, and left him unprepared. Many others had not anticipated the snow, and did not have the necessary things such as snow plow gas, or car brushes on hand.
Streets are covered in snow, as a private plow drives by with it's plow up. There is currently a debate going on, on the Regent neighborhood list serve as to if the neighborhood should hire their own plows so that the streets will be cleared on a more consistent basis after snow fall.
Newspapers remain covered in snow as people sleep in a little longer than usual while waiting for the city plows to come out and clear the snow before people start their days.
Monroe Street is one of the first streets to be plowed on a snowy day, yet it remains empty long into the morning as Madison residents take to the outdoors to experience this seasons first snow.