MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is readying the troops as a strong winter storm makes its way to Wisconsin.
Walker Wednesday declared a State of Emergency as the storm advances toward the Badger State. The order mobilizes state resources, including the Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard, the State Patrol and other agencies.
The State Patrol is recommending against travel during the storm.
Forecasters say the storm will include blizzard conditions. The heaviest snow is expected to arrive after midnight and continue throughout the day on Thursday. Wind gusts of up to 45 mph by Thursday afternoon should make travel treacherous.
The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings for at least eight south central counties for Thursday afternoon.
From Emergency Management:
Approximately 120 Wisconsin National Guard members have been called to state active duty and are being prepositioned at armories in key locations around the state as a result of a state of emergency declaration prompted by the season's first major winter storm.
Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order today (Dec. 19) to allow state and local governments to prepare the resources they need to respond to the storm, which is projected to dump up to 19 inches of snow between Dec. 19 and 21 in a storm corridor spanning from south central to northeast Wisconsin. Wind gusts up to 45 mph are expected to create near white-out conditions and snow drifts of up to four feet, resulting in degraded travel conditions.
"I issued this executive order to make sure Wisconsin is prepared for whatever this winter storm may bring," Walker said in a press release earlier today. "Mobilizing our state agency resources during this storm will ensure we leave nothing to chance when it comes to protecting the citizens of Wisconsin."