Update: Winter storm making driving hazardous in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reminds motorists across Wisconsin to plan for hazardous travel conditions as a winter storm passes through the state, beginning in the northwest and traveling southeast.
Severe weather conditions will include up to 10 inches of snow in some areas, as well as strong winds that have the potential to cause drifting and blowing snow. Visibility will likely be an issue because of the high winds, which could reach up to 40 MPH.
Motorists may want to cancel or delay travel plans and are advised to reduce speed when road conditions are hazardous and there is reduced visibility. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), including the Wisconsin State Patrol, will closely monitor road conditions as the storm moves into the various regions.
Specific updates for regions are as follows:
Northwest: Portions of I-94 W have been closed due to multiple accidents and runoffs. Vehicles are being re-routed off of I-94 at Osseo onto US 10 onto US 53 north. Motorists are being strongly encouraged to not travel unless absolutely necessary. Travel not advised.
North Central: Conditions worsening across the region, with icy and snow covered roads across much of the region. Refrain from travel unless absolutely necessary.
Northeast: Slippery and snow covered roads across much of the region, particularly on US 41.
Southeast and Southwest: Snow is beginning to fall in the southern portion of the state, with conditions expected to worsen as the day continues, and into the evening rush hour, with icy roads expected for tomorrow mornings commute.
The WisDOT advises motorists to check road conditions before traveling by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511wi.gov.
If you must drive during winter storm conditions - be prepared:
Allow plenty of extra time for travel.
Drive at a safe and legal speed for conditions: the 55 or 65 mph speed limit is a maximum speed for times when conditions are good/ideal, not for when roads are slippery and visibility is reduced.
Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and others for stopping.
Drive alert and sober.
Always wear seatbelts.
Keep a charged cell phone handy.
Keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle.
Inform people (friends, family) of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.