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Snowstorm prompts state of emergency in Wisconsin

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A snowball fight rages among University of Wisconsin-Madison students on Bascom Hill in Madison, Wis., Dec. 20, 2012.

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A street sign is topped with several inches of snow in Madison, Wis., Dec. 20.

WTMJ-TV reports — The governor of Wisconsin has issued a state of emergency as a winter storm approaches the state. Snow totals of 15 inches or more are possible. “I issued this executive order to make sure Wisconsin is prepared for whatever this winter storm may bring,” Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement. “Mobilizing our state agency resources during this storm will ensure we leave nothing to chance when it comes to protecting the citizens of Wisconsin.” The declaration puts Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard and the State Patrol at the ready for various emergencies.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison students try to help a food delivery truck driver free his vehicle from snow after it made a stop at Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in Madison, Wis., Dec. 20. They were not successful.

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An Amish boy plays in snow outside a one-room schoolhouse in Kingston, Wis., Dec. 20.

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Whiteout conditions along a county road near Beaver Dam, Wis., Dec. 20.

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Luke McHenry, left, and his son Sebastian Wells dig out their snow-buried vehicle in Madison, Wis., Dec. 20.