“Our message is, if you don’t have to travel don’t.”
Lori Getter with Wisconsin Emergency Management says it’s better to be safe than sorry. Light snow is expected in Western Wisconsin by about noon (on Tuesday), with heavier snowfall during the evening and overnight — around a half and inch an hour or more. Add high winds to the mix you get a blizzard.
“That could cause some blizzard-type conditions, even white-out. We’re talking up to 40 mph winds. Travel could be pretty treacherous on Wednesday.”
Getter says it’s important to prepare for treacherous driving conditions and take safety precautions. Don’t be complacent, she says, this is a major storm.
“The main message that we can say is just to encourage (motorists) to follow the weather, pay attention to cancellations in your local news, and just pay close attention to the weather because this is a major storm.”
Getter warns, residents should expect cancellations, pay attention to warnings, call 511 for up-to-date road conditions, allow extra driving time, stock your car with an emergency kit, shovel, kitty litter or sand, and a blanket. The State Emergency Operation Center will be activated through Wednesday.
Depending on location, some folks could see up to 12 inches of snow.
If you must travel during the storm, call 511 or visit the DOT travel information website http://www.511wi.gov for the latest road conditions.