Walker declares State of Emergency ahead of snow

Walker declares State of Emergency ahead of snow
Posted at 4:12 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 18:08:49-04

MADISON -- Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency as a precautionary measure Wednesday as a major winter storm made its way across the state.

Central Wisconsin may get up to a foot of snow from the River Falls to the Green Bay area, according to the National Weather Service. Other areas will see lesser amounts of snow, with wind gusts of over 30 miles per hour causing blowing and drifting snow.

Walker's order calls to active duty parts of the Wisconsin National Guard as deemed necessary by Major Gen. Donald Dunbar. It also directs state agencies to assist in response and recovery efforts.

“This storm is bringing heavy snow, strong winds, and potential blizzard conditions across the state tonight,” Governor Walker said.  “It may cause dangerous drifting and blowing snow as well as limited visibility on roads and highways, causing treacherous driving conditions."  

"As a precautionary measure, we want to ensure all state resources are available and ready, if needed.  We urge all Wisconsinites to be cautious of the weather conditions and remain safe while outside or driving.”

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