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Driving conditions deteriorate throughout the state

By: NEWS RELEASE
By: NEWS RELEASE

From the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:

Driving conditions continue to deteriorate throughout state.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for much of the state through Friday afternoon (December
21), with hazardous travel expected to continue over the next two days.

Conditions are changing rapidly into the overnight hours. Heavy snow and high winds, with gusts of up to 60 MPH are
resulting in blizzard-like conditions and hazardous driving. Driving is especially treacherous today
and could have life-threatening impacts. Motorists are advised to cancel or delay travel plans.

UPDATE (4 p.m.):
While conditions are unfavorable statewide, the following areas are experiencing rapidly deteriorating conditions:
Snow is still coming down across the North Central region. Stronger wind gusts are increasing the possibility of whiteouts and significant drifting, especially on the east/west corridors: WIS 29, US 10,
and WIS 54. Conditions on I-39 and US 51 from Marquette County to Iron County vary and are still snow covered and slippery.

Motorists are advised to use extreme caution if traveling tonight and into Friday.

Snowfall totals for the area are expected to reach 10-14 inches.
Conditions continue to deteriorate in Southeastern and Southwestern Wisconsin, with several
inches of snow expected overnight.

High winds, low visibility and freezing conditions are forecast.

Interstate and state highway travelers are likely to find travel throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota difficult and dangerous.

High winds and blowing snow are creating a serious travel hazard for commercial motor vehicles, other high-profile vehicles and vehicles towing trailers.

In addition, oversize/overweight permits are currently suspended. Motor carriers may check the DOT
website for further information.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises that travelers check winter road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting Wisconsin 511 online at www.511wi.gov.

If motorists must drive during the storm, please be prepared and travel with extreme caution.

If the storm makes driving too hazardous or if your car breaks down, stay in your vehicle.

Run your engine and heater for short intervals to stay warm. Be sure to crack the window to avoid carbon monoxide
build-up.


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