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Drivers in southeast Wisconsin adjust to first snow of the season

Posted at 10:20 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 23:20:52-05

Authorities are urging drivers to be more careful on the roads as winter weather moves across southeast Wisconsin and temperatures continue to drop.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office tweeted since 9 p.m. Saturday it had responded to 16 crashes and 14 disabled vehicles. It reminded drivers to slow down, leave space, turn headlights on, move over for emergency crews and wear seatbelts.

The City of Milwaukee's Department of Public Works told TMJ4 News it sent out more than 100 salt trucks at 9:30 Saturday morning to treat city roads.

Areas closer to Lake Michigan saw mostly rain instead of snow. Along the shore, high winds produced large waves.

Areas further inland saw several inches of snow, including places like Hartford and West Bend.

"If you go out to Washington County, Watertown area, little dicey out there," one driver said.

Out in Waukesha, little more than a dusting of snow blanketed the park downtown.

Snow in that area was not enough to phase drivers like Michael Mears.

"The driving to come here to gas up before heading out for the evening, the roads were fine," Mears said. "Parking lots are a little slick, that’s to be expected."

Mears is an Uber and Lyft driver and was getting ready to start his shift for the evening. He says he gets in the right mindset before driving in wintry conditions.

"Know the conditions, be ready for the conditions, and just adjust how you handle your vehicle for the conditions," Mears said.

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