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Winter's first punch a knockout
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MONROE -- Snowfall amounts reaching about one foot Tuesday night into Wednesday morning in the region have forced the closure of all area schools today and made traveling extremely hazardous.

Albany, Argyle, Black Hawk, Brodhead, Juda, Monroe, Monticello, New Glarus and Pecatonica schools announced Tuesday they had canceled classes.

Schools weren't the only organizations done in today by the severe winter weather.

The Monroe Clinic expansion groundbreaking ceremony, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, also was canceled. It has been rescheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the clinic lobby.

The snowstorm also wreaked havoc on Green and Lafayette counties' roads.

Two people were injured in a two-car accident at about 5:15 p.m. at Wisconsin 11 and County M, Tuesday. The Browntown Fire Department and Green County Emergency Medical Services responded to the crash, which blocked Wis. 11. The South Wayne Fire Department was also requested to provide traffic control, as the highway was shut down for some period of time. Some vehicles also became stuck as they slowed or stopped because of the accident.

Elsewhere, a vehicle left the road and hit a garage on County C in Green County, while several vehicles went into ditches due to slippery road conditions.

Green County Sheriff Randy Roderick said people need to be careful if they have to drive. He recommended people stay home if they don't need to venture out.

"The public is encouraged to use common sense," Roderick said. "They should consider the distance they have to drive, the type of vehicle they have and weather conditions and predictions."

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning throughout the region until midnight Wednesday.

Total snowfall is expected to be between 10 to 12 inches, with heaviest snow falling Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

The NWS also called for strong winds to cause blowing and drifting snow and reduce visibility.

All sporting events scheduled for Tuesday postponed. See the list of cancellations and postponements on the Times Web site for events that have been rescheduled.

In addition, the Green County Board of Supervisors postponed its Tuesday monthly meeting until 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Green County Courthouse.