The National Weather Service has advised that a strong cold front will sweep through southern Wisconsin Saturday. The weather system will bring strong, gusty winds up to 50 miles an hour, and 1-3 inches of new snow. That combination is expected to create dangerous travel, including blizzard-like and whiteout conditions in rural areas. The gusty winds will blow around the new snow that fell in this week's snowstorm and create new blowing and drifting problems, and make travel visibility difficult especially on north/south highways, including the Interstate. In addition, wind chills Saturday night and early Sunday could be as cold as 30 below zero.
With hundreds of motorists getting stranded in Southern Wisconsin during Wednesday's big winter storm, Racine County Emergency Management Coordinator David Maack says it's yet another reminder to have an emergency kit in your vehicle: non-perishable food, blankets, a small shovel and some sand for traction. Maack says if you get stuck, run your car sparingly, and check periodically to make sure the exhaust pipe is not plugged by snow.