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Strong winds, decreasing temperatures create hazardous driving conditions Sunday

Posted at 10:37 PM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 11:50:21-05

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY -- Strong winds and decreasing temperatures were creating hazardous conditions on the roadways across the region Sunday night.

The wind was roaring and blowing snow in the air.

Cars were skidding off the road into ditches.

TODAY’S TMJ4 even caught one crash right into a guardrail.

Traveling on I-43 just north of Sheboygan, there was one abandoned vehicle after another as far as the eye could see, which wasn’t much due to whiteout conditions creating low visibility.

At a gas station about five miles south of Manitowoc, drivers like Russ Habeck decided to take a quick break.

“We just spent two weeks in the Caribbean so welcome back to Wisconsin,” Habeck said.

He couldn’t believe what he ran into on his ride home to Eagle River.

“It’s kind of been a shock. It’s very windy out there and a lot of ice on the roads now,” Habeck said.

Terrance Walker felt the same on his drive to Green Bay.

“It’s really just fighting with the steering wheel and trying to make sure that I don’t bump into or crash into other cars,” Walker said.

Nathan Acevedo and Zakk Miller were doing all they can to avoid a crash as they were in the process of moving to Michigan with their couch and mattresses in tow.

“It was intense watching that trailer go from one side of the road to the other. I mean we saw the tail lights on the thing,” Acevedo said.

Unfortunately, two Sheboygan County deputy cruisers weren’t as lucky, one getting hit with the flashers on.

Thankfully no one was hurt.

For Habeck, that was his cue to stop for the night, as he wondered why he came back from the warm islands.

“I wish I would have stayed down there,” Habeck said.

As for those abandoned cars, a tow ban was issued for I-43, so no tow trucks will be heading out to recover any vehicles until the weather gets better.