Racine County one of the hardest hit by latest winter storm

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RACINE COUNTY (WITI) -- Racine County was one of the hardest hit areas by the latest winter storm -- and plowing crews have been working around the clock to keep roadways open, county officials say.

City of Racine Department of Public Works and Parks Department crews are removing snow from arterial and local streets, alleys and sidewalks at city facilities, and will continue to do so through Tuesday morning, February 3rd.

All arterial streets have been plowed and will receive additional plowing and salting today and again this evening. All local streets have received at least two passes by a snow plow, and are scheduled to receive additional passes this afternoon and early Tuesday morning if needed, according to the Racine Department of Public Works.

Salting and snow removal operations started at 10 p.m. Saturday, January 31st and have continued non-stop. At the height of the storm, DPW had 48 pieces of equipment deployed on city streets and the Parks Department had 12 pieces of equipment clearing snow from alleys and sidewalks.

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Here are some winter driving tips from the Wisconsin DOT:

If you must use your car during a storm:

  • Plan your travel, selecting both primary and alternate routes.
  • Let someone know your travel routes and itinerary so that, if you don’t arrive on time, officials will know where to search for you.
  • Check latest weather information on your radio.
  • Try not to travel alone – two or three people are preferable.
  • Travel in convoy (with another vehicle) if possible.
  • Drive carefully and defensively. Watch for ice patches on bridges and overpasses.
  • Take note of your odometer and coordinate it with exit numbers, mileposts, or crossroads so if you are in a crash or slide off the road you’ll better be able to identify where you are and summon law enforcement officers, rescue workers, or tow truck operators more quickly to your location.
  • If a storm begins to be too much for you to handle, seek refuge immediately.
  • If your car should become disabled, stay with the vehicle, running your engine and heater for short intervals. Be sure to “crack” a window in the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide build-up.

Be courteous to those awaiting your arrival:

  • Call ahead to your destination just as you are leaving.
  • Let someone at your destination know the license number of your vehicle, what route you’ll be traveling, and give a realistic estimate of your travel time.
  • If you have a cell phone, give that number to the party at your destination.
  • If you have friends or family at your place of origin, you should call when you arrive to let them know you have arrived safely.
  • If road conditions, tiredness, etc. delay or postpone a trip, make a phone call. Let people on both ends know of the delay.

CLICK HERE for LIVE VIDEO via the Wisconsin DOT — showing road conditions in southeastern Wisconsin.

CLICK HERE for Snow Plowing Guidelines via the Wisconsin DOT.

Additionally — we want you to know about a new tool on FOX6Now.com. We now have a map that taps into the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) road temperatures. WisDOT has sensors on bridges throughout southeast Wisconsin — and they’re monitoring those sensors for potential freezing conditions. CLICK HERE to check out our new road temperatures map.

CLICK HERE to monitor the latest list of closings, cancellations and delays reported in southeast Wisconsin.

Are you and your loved ones having fun in the fresh snow? CLICK HERE to view and submit photos of the snow falling in southeastern Wisconsin at FOX6Now.com.

We invite you to monitor the forecast and radar as the snow continues to push through by CLICKING HERE.