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Storm creates travel mess in Wisconsin (8:44 a.m. 12/9/09)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A mixture of heavy snow, strong winds and freezing rain continued to pound Wisconsin early Wednesday causing widespread power outages, hundreds of school closings and treacherous travel.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for 47 counties through Wednesday evening.

Gov. Jim Doyle on Wednesday closed all state government offices and University of Wisconsin campuses due to the blizzard conditions.

According to the State Patrol, as many as a dozen semi-trailer trucks became stuck on interstate ramps where I-39, I-90 and I-94 intersect near Madison. Patrol communications operator Lance Thomas said the heavy snow made the ramps impassible.

We Energies worked Wednesday to restore power to 26,000 customers around southeastern Wisconsin. Forecasters expected 9 to 16 inches of snow to fall in parts of Wisconsin.

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