Christmas travel promises to be wet and messy. Dennis Hughes with the Wisconsin DOT says rain across much of the state today and Christmas morning is going to demand caution on the roads and highways. “As always, watch the weather this time of year. Mother Nature is really in charge out there,” says Hughes, adding that drivers need to remember to slow, down, buckle up and don’t drink and drive.
That last warning is one a Dane County man apparently failed to heed. The sheriff’s department says 47 year old R. Douglas Hill after striking a bridge shortly after midnight. “If people have to travel today, they need to plan for a considerable amount of extra time, much slower speeds,” says Dane County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Dave Karls.
Weather Central meteorologist Brian Olson says the forecast is for rainy, wet and not too “Christmassy,” with lingering rain showers on Christmas morning, and considerably diminished snow cover, thanks to as much as an inch of rain. “A lot of our snow will be given up at that point,” says Olson.
Looking for the latest road conditions? Hughes says the DOT’s 511 page.
WIBA’s John Colbert contributed to this report