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Some areas could get up to 6" of snow from this weekend's winter storm system

Posted at 3:30 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 16:43:41-05

WISCONSIN — More snow is expected across southeast Wisconsin as a winter storm system moves into our area.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for all of southeast Wisconsin from 5:00 p.m. Friday until 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

Most of the area is expected to get 2-4" of snow, but 4-6" will be possible north of Milwaukee. More than 6 inches may be possible near the lake from Port Washington to Sheboygan.

On Saturday, as temperatures begin to climb into the 30s, most of the area will start to get a wintry mix.

More frigid temperatures are expected Sunday through the start of next week.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is asking the drivers to be patient and be extra cautious while driving. They offer the following tips:

  • Remember that excessive speed and following too close contribute to crashes in winter weather. Reduce your speed to match road conditions. Double or even triple your following distance: instead of keeping two car lengths between you and the car in front of you, maintain a following distance of four or even six car lengths.
  • Wear your seatbelt. It's the law.
  • Make sure that your headlights are on.
  • Slow down and prepare to stop. When stopping your vehicle, don’t wait until the last possible second. Four-wheel drive may help get your vehicle moving, but it doesn’t help you slow down or stop.
  • If you are in a ditch: Turn on your hazard lights, remain in your vehicle, and call 911.
  • If you are in a crash and your vehicle is still drivable: It’s safer to drive off the freeway to the nearest available exit. Once you have removed your vehicle from the freeway, call 911 or MCSO’s non-emergency number, (414) 278-4788.
  • If you are in a crash and your vehicle is not movable, or you are injured: Turn on your hazard lights, remain in your vehicle with your seatbelt on, and call 911.
  • Additional temporary locations to report accidents: Milwaukee Criminal Justice Facility (lobby), the Patrol Substation located at 10320 W. Watertown Plank Rd., and the Airport Substation at General Mitchell International Airport.
  • Remember to Move Over for Emergency Personnel: The Move Over Law requires all drivers to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles and personnel working on the freeway.
  • Be aware that all disabled vehicles must be towed during snow conditions.

The City of Milwuakee says their staff has been notified, scheduled and prepared for the weekend storms. Garbage trucks will be at the ready while salt trucks begin an operation this evening.

No parking impacts are planned for Friday night and the city will determine Saturday if a Snow Emergency is necessary.

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