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Winter weather wreaks havoc

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JAMES P. LEUTE
December 5, 2007
— A Janesville woman was killed, several area schools delayed their opening bells and some area snowmobile trails opened after a fresh blanket of snow covered the icy mess left from last weekend’s storm.

Janesville’s wastewater treatment plant reported 5 inches of snow this morning, and snow emergencies were declared in Beloit until 6 p.m. Thursday and in Janesville until snow plowing operations are finished.


South of Janesville, 41-year-old Angela K. Stewart, of 2023 Frontier Road, Janesville, was killed when her northbound Geo Metro crossed the centerline on County G and collided nearly head-on with a Hyundai Tiburon driven by Daniel W. Brown, 23, Madison.


The Rock County Sheriff’s Department reports that Stewart lost control of the vehicle on the snow-covered road at 7:20 p.m., Tuesday. Stewart was not wearing safety restraints, while Brown was wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor cuts, deputies reported. He declined medical attention.


Speed, lack of safety restraints and slippery roads appeared to contribute to the crash, which remains under investigation, according to the department.


The county dispatch center reported numerous minor runoffs around the county. Janesville police reported a few weather-related accidents with no injuries.


Weather caused two-hour delays this morning at Albany, Beloit Turner, Brodhead, Monroe, Parkview and the Rock County Christian schools. Juda closed for the day.


The Rock County Snowmobile Trail now is open in the northern half of the county with trails fair condition. The trails in the southern half of the county remain closed from Clinton to Orfordville because of standing crops.


For further information or updates, call (608) 757-5458 or visit www.travelwisconsin.com.


Nearly 6 inches of snow fell in Madison. Milwaukee got more than 4 inches.


Another round of winter like weather is in store for the weekend. The National Weather Service says a mixture of precipitation can be expected to the south with snow north.



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