If anyone has any doubt winter is right around the corner, consider this: Snow plow appreciation day is Wednesday in Wisconsin.
Gov. Jim Doyle proclaimed Wednesday as Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day. The day is meant to remind motorists, before any measurable snow has fallen, of the important role the state's snowplow drivers play in keeping streets safe.
Last winter was one of the snowiest ever in Wisconsin. Madison broke a record for snow with over 101 inches.
The state Department of Transportation says there are about 17,000 vehicle crashes each winter, many caused by people driving too fast for conditions.