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Gov. Walker declares state of emergency ahead of winter storm

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency Wednesday ahead of a winter storm expected to hit Wisconsin on Thursday.

Forecasters expect heavy snowfall, freezing rain and strong winds starting early Thursday morning. Some areas of west-central and northwestern Wisconsin could get more than a foot of snow. The Madison area is in line for about one to three inches through Friday.

The governor's declaration prepares Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin State Patrol. The Wisconsin National Guard says it will have about 140 Guard members providing 24-hour coverage in 12-hour shifts.

ReadyWisconsin and the Department of Transportation are reminding people about the precautions they should take to keep safe:
  • Limit travel
  • If you do have to drive, allow plenty of extra time for your trip
  • Check the roads before you travel -- Visit www.511wi.gov to check road conditions
  • Have an emergency winter weather survival kit -- Kit should include water, foods like energy bars or raisins, a first aid kit and booster cables
  • Get supplies for your home -- Have plenty of food that can be stored and prepared without electricity, water, flashlights with extra batteries and medication

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