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Sun Prairie Area School District explains when, why it closes schools

If the thermometer sinks to negative 35 degrees Fahrenheit, Sun Prairie schools will be closed... Read More

$15M estimated cost of damage in Dane County from storms

$15M estimated cost of damage in Dane County from storms

Dane County officials said the cost of storm damage to area communities this week is estimated at more than $15 million, with about $10 million coming from damage to private property.

County Executive Joe Parisi's office said Thursday that tornadoes in Verona and Madison Tuesday and severe weather in eastern Dane County including Sun Prairie Wednesday damaged 253 homes and several businesses and public buildings. Nineteen homes reported major damage and two homes were destroyed beyond the point of repair.

Sun Prairie Utilities recommends trickling water to avoid freeze

Sun Prairie Utilities is recommending customers leave their water on at a trickle to avoid water lines freezing... Read More

Citywide snow emergency canceled Sunday afternoon

Citywide snow emergency canceled Sunday afternoon

Sun Prairie police said the snow emergency initially issued until 7 a.m. Monday has been canceled. 

On Sunday afternoon, Sgt. Ryan Cox said crews had been out plowing the city streets throughout the day.

Parking restrictions due to snow emergencies were no longer in effect after 4 p.m. Sunday, the report said. 


Lightning strike likely cause of Sun Prairie power failure

Several thousand Sun Prairie utilities customers lost power early Tuesday morning, according to a release.

Officials said the Bird Street substation had an insulator failure around 5:45 a.m.

All customers had their service restored by a little after 6:30 a.m., according to the release.

Officials said the likely cause of the failure was a lightning strike during the stormy weather that passed through the area.

The damaged insulator shut down the Bird Street substation that is designed to protect all circuits and homes served by it, according to the release.

Officials said their initial response was to switch all of the affected circuits to be fed from other substations around the city.

Crews remain at the Bird Street substation making repairs to the damaged equipment, according to the release.


More snow for Southern Wis. through Tuesday night

Winter weather affects area with inches of accumulation  

For school, business and other closings in the community, visit the Channel3000.com snow coverage.

Closures are updated as we receive them:

Jimmy says spring to come early

Jimmy says spring to come early

It looks like Wisconsin is in for an early spring this year, according to Sun Prairie’s Groundhog Jimmy the 10th.

Sun Prairie celebrated its 65th Groundhog Day Saturday morning as Jimmy determined whether he could see his shadow.

Mayor John Murray told the crowd of more than 250 that Jimmy was unable to see his shadow, ensuring an early spring for the state.

The groundhog celebration brought traffic to Sun Prairie’s local businesses, which promoted the event with groundhog-themed treats.

State Assembly Rep. Gary Hebl of the 46th district was also on site to announce that Gov. Scott Walker officially proclaimed Sun Prairie the Groundhog Capital of the World Saturday.

Jimmy also made another seasonal prediction: Murray said the furry foreteller believes the 49ers will be victorious in Sunday’s Super Bowl game.