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Gov. Doyle pre-emptively declares state of emergency (6:33 p.m. 12/8/09)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Jim Doyle has declared a pre-emptive state of emergency across Wisconsin ahead of the season’s first major storm, which threatens to bury much of the state in a foot or more of snow.

The declaration Tuesday afternoon is a precaution. According to the National Weather Service, some parts of the state are expected to get 15 inches of snow, with most likely to fall overnight.

The declaration means in part that certain members of the Wisconsin National Guard could be activated if necessary.

The weather agency has issued a blizzard warning for the southwest corner of the state through Wednesday evening.

Doyle’s declaration comes in the wake of a major 2008 storm that left thousands of motorists stranded between Madison and Janesville, some for 12 hours.

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