We could show you another photo of snow, but haven’t we seen enough of those? Instead, how about a photo of a bald eagle taking flight from a high branch on a tree near Southwestern Middle and High School on Friday? (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
We could show you another photo of snow, but haven’t we seen enough of those? Instead, how about a photo of a bald eagle taking flight from a high branch on a tree near Southwestern Middle and High School on Friday? (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
People in Phoenix and Southern California were sunning themselves in 80-degree weather, with forecasters predicting more of the same through the weekend.

Meanwhile, 1,760 miles away in Madison it snowed ... and it was cold ... and just about everyone is fed up.

As of 9 p.m. Friday, an additional 3.5 inches of snow had fallen on the winter-weary area.

Telegraph Hill and Hanging Rock Hill were closed during the peak of Friday's storm. Michigan Hill was difficult to navigate at times.

Across the river, Milton Hill resembled the bobsled track at the Winter Olympics. Tow trucks had to pull cars off the side of the road, causing traffic to be backed up to the bridge.

Madison police reported 13 slide-offs throughout the day.

Today is expected to be cloudy with highs in the low 20s. Tonight there is a 30% chance of light snow.

But, enough about us...

Though Phoenix and Southern California are known for warm weather, the National Weather Service said the temperatures are uncharacteristically hot for this time of year. The heat is the result of a high-pressure system off the coast of Southern California.

In the Phoenix, the many Midwestern retirees and visitors who flock to the desert each winter were thrilled about the 80-degree days - and not being in the miserable cold back home.

Rocky Krizan, a Chisago City, Minn., retiree who spends his winters in the Phoenix area, said his daughter and two grandchildren just arrived from Minnesota and were stunned by the difference.

"When they left there at 5 o'clock in the morning, it was minus 24. That's actual temperature and wind chill," he said.

By 11 a.m. in Phoenix, they were at the pool in mid-70s temperatures.

Frigid cold has paralyzed the East Coast and left more than 1 million homes in the South without power.