SE WISCONSIN — Heavy snow and bitterly cold temperatures moved into southeast Wisconsin Thursday afternoon, causing some issues for residents and local government alike. Those freezing temperatures will continue into Friday.
Here are the latest updates:
Thursday, Feb. 4
9:12 p.m. -- Update from Milwaukee Department of Public Works
Milwaukee DPW issued an update on their snow-removal efforts Thursday evening. According to an email from a spokesperson:
More than 100 salt trucks have been deployed in a General Ice Control. Crews are addressing the main streets currently. Once those are completed they will deploy to the residential streets with special attention to the narrow corridors. Whichever streets are too tight to salt or plow special equipment will be brought in this evening to address those streets.
A Snow Emergency is in effect which will greatly enhance our ability to clear and to prevent snow from freezing in place due to upcoming prolonged freezing temperatures. These regulations will also give us an opportunity clean up snow piles left from vehicles that had been parked there.
During tonight’s Snow Emergency, there is no parking allowed on arterials (main) streets from 10pm to 6am and alternate side parking will be required on side streets from 10pm to 6am.
Tomorrow [Friday] morning, beginning at 5 am sidewalk equipment will be deployed to continue corner clearing.
No impact to Friday Garbage Collection is expected at this time.
6:40 p.m. -- Cold front moves into SE Wisconsin
The temps and wind chills are about to tumble!
You can see the cold front on the map. Southerly winds along the lake ahad of the front. Strong NW winds already in Whitewater and Green Lake. The temps and wind chills are about to tumble pic.twitter.com/Rmgu7KbQlQ— Brian Gotter (@BrianGotter) February 5, 2021
6:39 p.m. -- Power outages in southeastern Wisconsin
WE Energies is reporting a few power outages in the Milwaukee area Thursday evening as storms roll through.
6:35 p.m. -- MCSO responds to more than 20 weather-related service calls
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office has responded to more than 20 weather-related calls in a short span due to heavy snowfall.
Of those calls, eight were property damage crashes, one crash with injuries, and 12 disabled vehicles.
We want you to get to your destination safely, roads are slippery wear your seatbelt, turn on your headlights, and reduce your speeds. We have responded to 21 weather-related service calls. 8 property damage crashes, 1 crash with injuries & 12 disabled vehicles.— Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (@MCSOSheriff) February 5, 2021
5:21 p.m. -- Snow conditions in northern areas of Milwaukee Thursday
Stephanie Haines has the latest.
5:14 p.m. -- Snow conditions in southern areas of Milwaukee Thursday
Katie Crowther has the latest.
5:10 p.m. -- Latest traffic issues during Thursday's snowstorm
Adriana Mendez has the latest.
5:07 p.m. - MCTS bush crashes on slick roads
This is a MCTS bus that crashed at 68th and State today due to the slick roads.
MCTS says the bus had to veer off the road in order to avoid multiple vehicles that were stopped at a red light in front of it. This happened around 1:50 p.m. The bus came to a complete stop after hitting a patch of bushes and trees. The police and fire department responded to the scene, but no injuries were reported. The passengers all boarded another bus to continue their trip, according to MCTS.
4 p.m. -- It'll feel subzero Friday morning
As the snow ends, the cold sets in. This is what it will feel like as you step out the door on Friday morning.
3:35 p.m. -- City of Milwaukee declares snow emergency
The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works has declared a snow emergency as heavy snow moves into the area.
Parking regulations will be in place. No parking will be allowed on arterial streets from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
3:32 p.m. -- South shore COVID-19 testing site in South Milwaukee closes due to weather
The South Shore Testing Site in South Milwaukee is closing Friday and Saturday due to inclement weather.
Normal testing will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
2:46 p.m. -- Road conditions rapidly deteriorate as heavy snow moves across the area
Road conditions have begun to deteriorate rapidly as heavy snow moves across SE Wisconsin.
A crash on I-41/94 northbound just beyond 7 Mile Road has blocked the left lane and caused a backup.
2 p.m. -- Lake Geneva declares snow emergency
The City of Lake Geneva has declared a snow emergency effective from 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
Primary and secondary street parking is prohibited.
12 p.m. Messy evening commute expected as snow moves in
The accumulating snow should wrap up by 8 p.m. this evening, but snow showers and blowing snow continue through the night.
This quick-moving storm system likely brings 2-4" of snow to Milwaukee and 4-6" of snow northwest of the metro area.