Checklist: Don't be that person who crashes after the first snowfall of the season

Posted at 8:48 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 12:15:13-05

A cold front is on its way down from Canada bringing along a strong possibility of snow starting early Friday morning. This means many things for Wisconsinites. For some, it's the first sign of Christmas, but for others, it means the first of far too many slippery winter commutes. 

Snow is expected to start falling between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday morning. The National Weather Service says there will likely be 1-2 in. of accumulation on untreated roads and walkways, interfering with the morning commute. Take these steps to arrive in one-piece during your commute.

  • Set your alarm 10 minutes early, because it's very possible that your drive into work will take longer than it has the past couple of months.
  • Check the weather. Things could change as the snow falls overnight. 
  • Watch out for bridges. It looks like roads will mostly be wet with isolated slick sports, specifically on bridges. Winds will be light enough so that any snow accumulation won't be blowing or drifting.
  • Prepare your vehicle. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation also reminds drivers to take the time to prepare their vehicles for winter driving. Make sure your all your windows are clear. 
  • Check the traffic. For real-time traffic updates, check TODAY'S TMJ4's interactive traffic map before you leave in the morning.

The chance of snow decreases throughout the day Friday but is expected to pick up slightly on Sunday with highs in the upper 30s and a few flurries.