Heavy snow and high winds expected to significantly impact road conditions
For Antigo Times
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) would like to remind motorists to be cautious if traveling in what could be hazardous conditions. Dangerous wind chills and white-out conditions in open areas are expected to make driving very difficult on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service is reporting a strong winter storm will enter southwest Wisconsin early Tuesday morning and traverse the state in a northerly direction before departing late Tuesday. Heavy snowfall of 8 to 12 inches is expected, along with brisk winds up to 35 mph that will create areas of blowing snow. Snow removal resources are heavily engaged across all regions, as roads are being pretreated. However, with a forecasted snowfall rate of one to two inches per hour, road conditions may be hazardous.
Motorists are encouraged to utilize 511 Wisconsin, the state’s 24/7/365 travel information service, to view winter road conditions and receive up-to-date travel information. This information, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, can be accessed on the 511 Wisconsin system, which includes a free smartphone app, @511WI on Twitter, or at www.511wi.gov. Always putting safety first, never access 511 information while driving.
For areas of the state being impacted, WisDOT advises against travel on Tuesday, unless absolutely necessary. If traveling, please use the following tips:
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights before driving.
- Go slow. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows.
- Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly.
- Watch for slippery bridge decks, even when the rest of the pavement is in good condition.
- Don’t get overconfident in your 4×4 vehicle.
- Don’t use your cruise control in wintry conditions.