MILWAUKEE — People throughout southeast Wisconsin braced themselves for lots of snow over the weekend.
The snow hit areas closer to the Illinois border before the sun went down. In Kenosha County, gusting winds blew snow sideways across Interstate 94. Snow coated the roadways quickly, and some drivers expressed concern.
Megan Ater and her family were getting ready to drive more than two hours home to Illinois after spending the day in Kenosha for her son's birthday.
"It's getting really bad, and it's getting really cold," Ater said. "But it's his birthday, so we decided to come out. We were trying to beat the storm, but looks like we got in the middle of it."
Ater said they were planning to drive slowly, leave plenty of space and pull over if they had to.
"For whatever reason people when people are driving, they aren’t very cautious when they are driving, they move out of lanes, and it's very dangerous and it's very slippery right now on the roads," Ater said.
Back up in Milwaukee County, plow crews were gassing up to go to work. Scott Devereux said he expected to work 36 hours straight. He noted during the last snow system, he worked 27 hours.
"It's going to be a long night," Devereux said.
Some people rushed to the hardware or grocery store to stock up on last-minute essentials.
"I got salt, I got my snowblower tuned up, ready to go," said Corey Bowe.
"You got to have food, water, toilet paper, all that," said Ehlay Taw.
Before the snow moved in, families in Milwaukee were out enjoying the weather. Some said they were trying to burn off energy before hunkering down for the duration of the snow.
"I think it's going to be kind of bad, but also kind of good because we get more snow for the hill," said Anastasia Turner.
"We're used to it here," said Joe Prusha. "Shovels are out, supplies are all set, we know what to do, salt."