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Winter rages in
Andrew Rufer uses a snow blower Monday to clear his driveway in Monroe. Rufer said this is his first winter with a snow blower. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - A wintry mix of snow, ice and gusty winds caused travel conditions to deteriorate throughout southern Wisconsin on Monday.

Highways and roads were snow covered and blowing snow reduced visibility as a winter storm bore down on the state. One accident closed Wisconsin 69 north of New Glarus for several hours Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for a large portion of the state. Between 1 and 5 inches of sleet and snow were expected in the Green County area. The storm warning extended until 6 a.m. today.

Inland areas were expected to see the most snow accumulation with totals possibly reaching a foot to the northwest, 5 to 8 inches in south central counties and 2 inches along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Milwaukee broke a daily snowfall record Monday with 6.3 inches of snow. That breaks the old record of 5.5 inches set in 2007.