Wisconsin DOT issues travel advisory due to winter storm warning

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Snow is expected on Thursday, February 7th, and the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning beginning at 6:00 a.m. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has issued a Travel Advisory due to potentially dangerous conditions on Wisconsin roadways.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and advisories for southeastern and southwestern Wisconsin beginning at  a.m. through most of the day on Thursday, February 7.

Mixed precipitation of snow, sleet and freezing rain can be expected as temperatures rise above freezing. As the storm system departs later in the day, potential for lake enhanced snowfall exists.

Motorists are advised that visibility and varying road conditions will be challenging throughout the day, especially in Milwaukee and Madison commuter corridors.

WisDOT, including the Wisconsin State Patrol, will closely monitor road conditions
as the storm moves into the various regions.

WisDOT urges motorists to check road conditions before leaving home by calling 51- or visiting Wisconsin 511 online.

If you must drive during the storm please 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.
  • Do not use cruise control in wintry conditions.
  • Always wear seatbelts.
  • Keep a charged cell phone handy. Keep both hands on the wheel while driving.
  • Keep at least a half a tank of gas in your vehicle.
  • Make sure friends and family members know your travel plans and when you should arrive.