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UPDATE: WisDOT's road conditions

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    Driving on the roadways is not advised in the area Thursday. However, if you must head out, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has released some hazardous driving tips.More >>
    Driving on the roadways is not advised in the area Thursday. However, if you must head out, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has released some hazardous driving tips.More >>

MADISON (WKOW) -- Here's the latest information on road conditions from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as of just after 9 p.m.:

A winter storm warning remains in effect for large portions of the state through Friday morning
(December 21) with hazardous travel expected to continue through Friday afternoon. As snowfall diminishes during the overnight hours, wind speeds will increase with potential gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour resulting in whiteout conditions and hazardous driving. Temperatures will fall throughout the night, with wind chills below zero in western parts of the state and into the teens in eastern parts of the state. Driving is especially treacherous tonight and could have life-threatening impacts. Motorists are advised to cancel or delay travel plans.

The heaviest precipitation will continue tonight in the band from south-central Wisconsin running northeast through Madison, the Fox Valley and Green Bay.

In the overnight hours, snow plowing and salting operations may be reduced for brief periods in some parts of the state. This is being done to give plow operators necessary rest.

Multiple incidents have been reported statewide throughout the day and continuing into the evening hours.

Interstate and state highway travelers are likely to find travel through Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota very difficult and may encounter life-threatening conditions. Travelers in vehicles that are disabled or run off the road may be stranded for an extended period of time during the overnight hours. Drivers should be well prepared with a fully charged cell phone, clothing and blankets, water, and food for this situation.

For more detailed information on conditions in Iowa, please see Iowa's news release.

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.

Additional winter driving tips can be found on the WisDOT Web site at www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/winterdriving/index.htm.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Here's the latest information on road conditions from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as of 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 forecasted.


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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MADISON (WKOW) -- Here's the latest information on road conditions from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:

A winter storm warning is currently in effect statewide through Friday afternoon (December 21), with hazardous travel likely over the next two days. Conditions are expected to change rapidly. Heavy snow and high winds will result in blizzard conditions and hazardous driving. Driving is expected to be especially treacherous today and could have life-threatening impacts. Motorists are advised to cancel or delay travel plans.

Additionally, there is potential for significant travel impacts into Friday, with relatively heavy travel anticipated due to the extended holiday weekend.

Snow fall is intensifying across the central part of the state along a path extending from Madison in the Southwest towards Green Bay in the Northeast. Total accumulations throughout the day and into the evening could exceed one foot.

In the Southeast near Milwaukee, rain will begin to freeze and change to snow this afternoon. This will create very hazardous driving conditions during the afternoon rush hour.

Interstate and state highway travelers particularly commercial vehicles are likely to find travel
through the state between Chicago and the Twin Cities very difficult, and may encounter
life-threatening conditions.

Oversize/overweight permits are currently suspended. Motor carriers may check the DOT Web site 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:
- Plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time for travel.
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights before driving.
- Go slow. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Watch for slippery bridge decks which ice up sooner than pavement.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows.
- Drive alert, sober and leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Don't use cruise control in wintry conditions.
- Always wear seatbelts and keep both hands on the wheel.
- Keep a charged cell phone handy.
- Keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle.
- Inform someone of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.

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