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Southeast Wisconsin prepares for first winter storm of the season

Posted at 9:37 PM, Nov 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-24 23:29:40-05

RACINE COUNTY -- Snowfall is expected to cover Southeastern Wisconsin on Sunday. Racine and Kenosha could get the brunt of the storm, anywhere from 3-9 inches. 

Officials at the Department of Public Works in Racine County are monitoring weather conditions overnight and into tomorrow morning. 

Julie Anderson, the Director of Public Works for Racine County said the staff is expected to pretreat the roads around 7:00 a.m. Employees will work twelve-hour shifts into Monday. Around 40 trucks will cover and clear over 1,000 lane miles across the county.

"We have our trucks loaded and ready to go. Our drivers are trained and we got plenty of salt. We will be watching the weather overnight and into tomorrow morning. We will be calling drivers in to start taking care of roads once the snow starts falling," said Anderson. 

As snow plows are out on the roads, drivers are reminded to stay at least 200 feet back.

"You have to give them plenty of distance. The biggest mistake people make is they try and pass the snow plow. That can be very dangerous because the plow cannot see you and you can cause an accident," said Anderson. 

Anderson said their first priority is the major roads and interstate but with holiday travel and construction, driving on I-94 Sunday and Monday could get a little tricky. 

 "People just need to take their time and really give extra space and pay additional attention to what’s going on out on the road," said Anderson. 

Anderson wants to remind drivers to increase their following distance and give yourself extra time out on the roads.