That's when it really started to come down hard. The 7.1 inches of snow that fell before midnight yesterday in Madison set a new record for Dec. 8th, breaking the previous record of 7 inches set in 1977. We got roughly another 7 inches or so by this afternoon, for a total of 14 inches, give or take a bit depending on where you live. Power lines were down in some areas, knocked down by tree branches overloaded with snow. There were the usual injuries as people started digging out from the deep, heavy, wet snow, which overtaxed many snow blowers.
Steve Van Dinter, spokesman for St. Marys Hospital, said the emergency room has had seven amputations already today from snowblower accidents. “It’s all guys,” he said. “Fingertips are gone or even worse.”. . . Mae Knowles, a spokeswoman for Meriter Hospital, said the emergency room also had received at least three people today with "severe lacerations" to their hands from trying to clear obstructions from snow blowers.Pretty nasty autumn weather, since it's not actually winter yet. The good news is that as the new El Nino settles in, we're likely to have less snow than usual after New Year's.