Freezing rain and snow to create poor driving conditions

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for all of southeast Wisconsin. The advisory kicked in at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 19th for Dodge, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties.

The advisory took effect in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha at midnight.

The advisory will expire at 3 p.m. Friday, December 20th for all counties.

The National Weather Service has also issued a winter storm WATCH for all of southeast Wisconsin in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday.

A winter storm WATCH means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

Due to the freezing rain advisory and winter storm watch, travel may be difficult on secondary and untreated roads

Be ready for the storm. Here are a few simple things you can do:

  • Check the roads before you travel. Call 511 or go to www.511wi.gov  for the latest road conditions across Wisconsin.
  • Limit travel and get supplies for your home. . Make sure your home emergency kit is stocked with food that can be stored and eaten without electricity. Also, make sure you have extra water, flashlights with extra batteries and medications. For a complete list of kit items go to our website: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/kit/GetKit.asp
  • Have an emergency winter weather survival kit in your vehicle. Your kit should include water, snack food such as energy bars or raisins, first aid kit and booster cables. If you have a cell phone make sure you have a power adapter you can plug into the lighter. You can find more tip kits on our website… http://readywisconsin.wi.gov
  • Stay informed. ReadyWisconsin will keep you posted on any emergencies that occur during the storm. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/readywisconsin) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/readywisconsin) for updates.