Parts of Washington Co. receive 6 inches, roadways clear

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WEST BEND -- Winter storm and blizzard conditions will be sweeping across Wisconsin Thursday into Friday, creating slippery roadways and a snow day for many students. One area that can expect to be hit hard is Washington County.

At this time, a wet sleet is hitting the West Bend area. Snow plows are busy clearing the roadways of the nearly six inches some areas of Washington County have received thus far.

At this time, no major accidents have been reported in the West Bend area, however, motorist are reminded to drive slow and plan head. The Washington County Sheriff's Department tells FOX6 News that several areas along the highways are slippery, causing several motorists to slide into the ditch.

If motorists must drive during the storm, state officials encourage you to be prepared:

  • Plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time for travel.
  • Drive at a safe and legal speed for conditions (the 55 or 65 mph speed limit is a maximum speed for times when conditions are good/ideal, not for when roads are slippery and visibility is reduced).
  • Drive alert and sober.
  • Always wear seatbelts.
  • Keep a charged cell phone handy. Keep both hands on the wheel while driving.
  • Keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle.
  • Inform people (friends, family) of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.

Additional winter driving tips can be found on the WisDOT website.