Parts of Wisconsin are getting their first real taste of winter weather this week, with a series of storms moving across northern parts of the state that could eventually dump up to 17 inches of snow on the region.
The storms had already dropped about seven inches of snow on Superior by early this morning, with more on the way. Lori Getter with Wisconsin Emergency Management says that, for the most part, the snow has been coming down slowly with some breaks. That’s giving snowplows enough time to get out and keep up with the storm, although roads are still expected to be slippery and dangerous in some areas.
A mix of snow and rain is expected to fall on central and southern parts of the state. With temperatures starting to drop, Getter says that could also lead to hazardous road conditions. She says drivers should be sure to check weather reports before heading out, and also look for updates through the state’s 511 system and from ReadyWisconsin.
For anyone traveling in or to northern Wisconsin, Getter says to leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. She also suggests stocking your car with an emergency kit that includes blankets, warm clothing, and extra food.
Once the snow moves on, an arctic air mass is expected to move in that will drop temperatures across the state. Getter says northern Wisconsin will likely see single digit highs, while central and southern regions of the state will not see daytime temperatures climb out of the teens.