MILWAUKEE -- The biggest winter storm of the season (so far) is about to slam into southeastern Wisconsin.
This is going to be a two-round system. The first round, Friday night, will bring up to a half-inch of sheer ice across our region, making travel difficult.
Snow numbers have since decreased for Saturday evening. We were initially expecting 6-10 inches, but are now looking at about 1-4 inches. There's also the possibility for a band of lake effect snow with strong winds in the forecast.
We're tracking the latest information you need to know in both the Milwaukee area and around the state.
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- Timing Out This Weekend's Storm
Sheboygan police report Snow Emergency is canceled.
Most spots will pick up 1-4" with the highest amounts being near Lake Michigan and near the Illinois state line and the majority of the snow will wrap up by midnight. Winds will gust up to 45mph and gradually diminish by Sunday morning but all of that wind from the NE will push the high waters of Lake Michigan on-shore so a Lakeshore Flood Advisory remains in effect there through Sunday morning.
Strong winds and high water have forced Port Milwaukee to prohibit public access to Jones Island. The unusual weather conditions have led to flooding on all the major roadways at the port.
Milwaukee has declared a snow emergency effective immediately. Updates to follow.
Around 11 AM, MCSO responded to SB WIS 145 at W. Silver Spring for a report of an individual who had jumped from a highway overpass onto the off-ramp. MCSO can confirm that a male subject is deceased. The SB lanes of 145 remain closed at N. 91st to facilitate an investigation.— Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (@MCSOSheriff) January 11, 2020
Ice-covered roads and strong winds are causing delays for all MCTS bus routes this morning. MCTS reminds riders that, while our goal is to always keep the system up and running, safety is our number one priority. This means that MCTS reserves the right to temporarily suspend service due to dangerous driving conditions.
MCSO is reporting all lanes on I-41 US 45 northbound at Mayfair Rd. have reopened. We remind the motoring public to stay off the roads and highways. Driving conditions remain extremely hazardous due to freezing ice.— Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (@MCSOSheriff) January 11, 2020
Tree down and multiple wires down in the 9200 block of North Lake Drive. Multiple residents have reported their power out.— Bayside PD (@bayside_pd) January 11, 2020
We energies is on scene and estimate they will be for multiple hours before everything is in order. pic.twitter.com/75NumpSkS3
Alert | RACINE Co | Crash | I-94 WB | MILE MARKER 334 | Two Right Lanes | https://t.co/tYLOLcVAKG— 511WI (@511WI) January 11, 2020
Elissia Wilson has updated the advisories map. All of southeast Wisconsin except for Fond du Lac and Dodge Counties are still under a Winter Storm Warning until 6:00 a.m. Sunday. The worst snow will start this afternoon and run through the night.
TODAY'S TMJ4 producer David Bohlman shared this photo of ice accumulation on his car in our parking lot. Now imagine that on the roads! Watch the latest forecast from Elissia Wilson here.
7:49 a.m. Saturday
I-43 northbound is completely shut down due to a semi crash, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says.
'Extremely icy and hazardous' road conditions are responsible for the crash, the agency said in a tweet.
MCSO is reporting a complete freeway closure on I-43 northbound due to a semi crash, caused by extremely icy and hazardous road conditions. All traffic is being diverted off the highway at Good Hope.— Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (@MCSOSheriff) January 11, 2020
"We’re asking the public to stay off the roads and the highway," the sheriff's office said in a tweet.
9:15 p.m. Friday
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says they're willing to help drivers on the freeway and provides the following update:
"MCSO advises the public that the reporting tool, by which certain crashes can be reported online within 24 hours, is not presently available. MCSO advises the public to self-report appropriate crashes (in which your vehicle is movable and you are not injured) within 24 hours of the crash, at one of the listed reporting sites. If the crash in question took place more than 24 hours ago, it can be reported via the State Patrol reporting tool available on the MCSO website."
The town of Brookfield has declared a snow emergency starting at midnight Saturday and ending at noon on Sunday. No parking will be allowed on any town streets.
The town of Norway/Wind Lake has also declared a snow emergency beginning Friday at 10:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. No parking will be allowed on roads during this time.
The City of West Allis and the Village of West Milwaukee have both declared a snow emergency beginning 3:00 p.m. Saturday and ending 1:00 p.m. Monday. Parking restrictions are in effect.
All Milwaukee Public Schools after school and recreation activities will continue as planned for this evening, Friday, January 10.
MPS will continue to monitor the weather conditions throughout the evening and will give notice to the community regarding activities for Saturday, January 11 by 5:00 a.m.
MPS will post announcements on their website and social media pages.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will not be open Saturday because of the winter storm we're expecting.
UWM Weather Alert: All Classes and Activities are cancelled Saturday (1/11/2020) for all three UWM Campuses.— UW-Milwaukee (@UWM) January 10, 2020
Tom Luljak, Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Communications, says all three campuses in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Washington County will not be open on Saturday.
One thing that's crucial to keep in mind during any winter storm in Milwaukee? The city's notorious winter parking regulations.
The Department of Public Works shared this warning on Twitter Friday afternoon in hopes that people will move their cars to assist with snow removal operations.
Major storm heading in. To assist with this critical emergency response operation, please prepare for the storm, reduce travel if possible, and comply with Winter Parking Regulations.— Milwaukee DPW (@milwaukeedpw) January 10, 2020
📳Review the rules & sign up for parking text alerts 📳➡️https://t.co/9IOmwGqyQS https://t.co/bhZBs8XWnD
We have our first major closing for this storm system. Milwaukee Area Technical College has announced all four of its campuses will close Saturday.
The college also says the "Last Call for Spring" sessions set to take place Saturday have also been canceled.
Milwaukee Area Technical College is closed Saturday, January 11, 2020, due to inclement weather. Classes are canceled.— Milwaukee Area Technical College (@matcmilwaukee) January 10, 2020
There is another planned session scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Welcome Centers at all four campuses.
Multiple local communities have already declared 'Snow Emergencies' ahead of this weekend's storm, which often affects parking rules and plow operations. The list right now includes places like Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie, Sturtevant, and more.
If you live in one of these communities, make sure you're following all applicable parking regulations.
We're keeping a list of everyone who has declared snow emergencies right here, if you want more information.
You're going to need to plan ahead if you ride the bus. Milwaukee County Transit System buses will be running, but delays are possible.
A significant amount of snow is expected Friday night through Sunday morning. MCTS service will be up and running, but delays are possible due to winter weather conditions. Thank you for your patience as our bus drivers navigate the storm safely. https://t.co/EIjEdvq1vq pic.twitter.com/vQCxURPpZO— RideMCTS (@RideMCTS) January 10, 2020
Though we're expecting the bulk of the snow to fall Saturday night, there's a different threat you need to be aware of Friday night - ice. Brian Niznansky says to nearly a half inch of pure ice in some areas between now and Monday morning.
We just got the latest weather advisories in from the National Weather Service.
A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from Friday at 8:00 p.m. until Saturday at noon for Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, and Dodge Counties. At noon, that will transition into a Winter Storm Warning.