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Parking restrictions due to snow emergencies were no longer in effect after 4 p.m. Sunday, the report said.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

Local furry forecaster Jimmy to predict spring

Local furry forecaster Jimmy to predict spring

Mayor to translate the groundhog's word on winter's end     

Sun Prairie will host its traditional prognostication ceremony early Saturday with nationally famed Jimmy the Groundhog. 

The city’s annual Groundhog's Day event is scheduled at sunrise on in Cannery Square Plaza, downtown Sun Prairie.

According to the cultural tradition, if a groundhog sees his shadow on the morning of Feb. 2, winter will hold off the spring season another six weeks.

Bruce Sprague, chairman for the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District, said Jimmy will get a fire truck escort at about 6:50 a.m.

The official prognostication will take place at sunrise, about 7:11 a.m., when Mayor John Murray will share Jimmy's estimate on when spring will arrive. Sun Prairie city legend says that only the mayor can translate Jimmy’s prediction.

 

Local businessman shares tips on preserving pipes

Plumbing biz owner says extreme cold puts pipes in danger    

A lot of people don't prepare for the cold weather, and hundreds wind up with flooded basements in the spring, according to a local business owner specializing in the trade.

Curt Johnson --owner of Action Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electric in Sun Prairie -- said a few easy steps of preparation can protect plumbing systems from frigid weather.

Johnson said most people put their garden hoses away for the winter, but many don't shut off the separate valve in their basement. He suggested turning off that valve, then allowing any leftover water to drain from the outside spigot.

If that water were to sit and freeze in the pipe, the pipe could burst and flood a basement when spring weather thaws it, Johnson said.