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Icy roads briefly close Interstate ramps

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Catherine W. Idzerda
February 27, 2009
— They say, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."

Yes, and in Wisconsin, that lion is extra crabby because he's sick of scraping ice off his windshield.


Rain followed by falling temperatures turned Rock County roads into skating rinks Thursday night.


Several runoffs and accidents on Interstate 90/39 prompted the Wisconsin State Patrol to close the westbound ramps.


This morning, conditions have improved on county roads, but drivers were urged to be cautious, especially in the rural areas.


"The highway department has been out salting and taking precautions," said Capt. Jude Maurer of the Rock County Sheriff's Office. "But there still might be some spots on rural roads they haven't gotten to yet."


This morning, Interstate and state highway conditions near Janesville were labeled as "slippery in stretches," according to an updated on-line map.


In some areas north of Portage, the state highways are listed as snow covered.


Fortunately, more precipitation isn't expected until Wednesday, when there's a moderate chance of flurries, said Bill Borghoff, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sullivan.


Temperatures should be mid-20s to low 30s.


Free sand for Janesville city residents still is available at the city bus garage, 900 N. Parker Drive, Janesville.



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