Kenosha, Racine Counties bear brunt of Wednesday's snow

KENOSHA CO. (WITI) -- Kenosha and Racine Counties took the brunt of our most recent snowstorm. Salt supplies aren't an issue for public works crews. But all the snow is now stretching the budget in other ways.

In Pleasant Prairie, FOX6 News has learned snow plow operators have barely had a day off all season. In fact, crews have logged hours just about every weekend since Thanksgiving.

Streets Foreman Joe Middleton says his public works department has gone over budget covering overtime.

"You have to re-budget for it. You pull from other places. It is what it is. Roads gotta be cleared," said Middleton.

Countywide, strong winds and drifting snow became a challenge. The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department reports 14 accidents on Highway 31 or the interstate between 2 a.m. and noon on Wednesday. Two of the accidents resulted in minor injuries. But for the rest of the day, there were clear roads and clear skies.

Middleton says on this day, for the first time in a long time, his snow plow operators will be home in time for dinner.

"For the amount of snow we've been having - it's been a lot of late nights," said Middleton.