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Light snow blamed for two traffic fatalities

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FITCHBURG, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Yesterday's light snow was apparently a factor in two traffic deaths in Dane County. A 26-year-old woman was killed in Fitchburg. Police said she was a passenger in a car that left a road and overturned. The driver was a 23-year-old man who went to a hospital to be checked out. In the other crash, a 51-year-old Minnesota man died when a Deerfield school van slid into the opposite lane and struck a pick-up truck driven by the man who was killed. It happened on Highway 12-18 at Cottage Grove. Officials said no students were in the van at the time. The 50-year-old woman who was driving the van was treated at a hospital and later released.

It was the first significant snow of the season, and authorities say it always seems to throw drivers off. Sussex had the most, at two-and-a-half inches.

The National Weather Service says more light snow showers are possible in much of Wisconsin today, as an upper-level disturbance swings to the southeast. The north could get as much as an inch. Lighter amounts are expected in central and southern areas. Today's highs are supposed to be in the 20's-and-30's. It could be a few degrees colder tomorrow. Lake effect snow is expected close to Lake Superior, with 3-to-6 inches today and tomorrow. A gradual warming trend is predicted for Thanksgiving and into the weekend.

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