Snow, sleet and rain 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. Strong winds and snow, sleet and rain mix are expected to make driving very difficult on Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service is reporting a major weather system will enter Wisconsin from the west, mostly as rain. Central Wisconsin, roughly a line from La Crosse to Green Bay, will experience the heaviest amount of snow at approximately eight to 12 inches and a snowfall rate about 1 inch per hour. The system will begin mostly as rain then turn to freezing rain/sleet/snow and eventually all snow by 8 a.m. Thursday. Gusty northeast winds, 30 to 44 mph, will create blowing and drifting concerns. The weather system will depart the state from west to east by Thursday evening.
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.
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.