Governor Doyle Declares a State of Emergency as we continue to experience blizzard-like conditions in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. The announcement calls to active duty elements of the Wisconsin National Guard as deemed necessary by Brigadier General Don Dunbar to assist authorities where needed.
A major winter storm is blanketing Wisconsin, bringing heavy snow, strong winds, and rain/sleet. Roads across the state are snow packed and icy and travel is not advised. Yesterday, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Wisconsin State Patrol advised motorists to not travel, unless absolutely necessary. There are numerous reports of accidents across the state. The agency said that an almost 150-mile stretch of I-94 between Tomah and Hudson is impassable after heavy snow pummeled the area for much of the day. (Road condition map).
The declaration instructs all state agencies to assist in any response or recovery efforts that may be encountered. “We continue to experience blizzard-like conditions for much of the state,” Governor Doyle said in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, I have declared a State of Emergency in order for state resources and National Guard assets to be available to respond as needed.”
The State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night to monitor the situation. Staff from the Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin Emergency Management, Department of Transportation, and State Patrol are working in the EOC.
The Wisconsin State Patrol, Emergency Management and Department of Transportation are working closely with local officials to monitor road conditions. If conditions warrant, actions could be taken to close roadways or portions of the Interstate where necessary.