“It’s that time of year:” Snow falls during rush hour, makes evening commute slow-going for many

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GREENFIELD (WITI) -- More snow in southeastern Wisconsin Tuesday, February 3rd, and on this day, it was the timing that was significant. The snow began to fall right before the evening rush hour, and that commute was slow-going for many.

A foot of snow was measured at Mitchell International Airport after a winter storm moved through this past weekend, and on Tuesday evening, more snow was falling. A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for most of southeastern Wisconsin as the FOX6 Weather Experts said we could see one-to-three inches of new snow.

It was slow-going Tuesday evening for the many folks headed home from work or school.

"Between 3 and 6 is usually the busiest time. It's that time of year. We just take it as it comes," Greenfield Police Officer Lisa Dziedzic said.

Roads were slick in and around Greenfield Tuesday evening and Officer Dziedzic was keeping an eye on it all from the driver's seat.

"Pretty much any accumulation has the potential to cause problems on the road," Officer Dziedzic said.

On a night like Tuesday -- even a simple call can be dangerous. A FOX6 News crew was on hand as Officer Dziedzic responded to a car stopped in traffic at 76th and Layton. Oncoming traffic was forced to dodge snow in the roadway and vehicles stopped in the street.

"I was freaking out. I'm really grateful for them coming to help me out," the driver, Jean-Blaise Shey said.

Officer Dziedzic helped to push the car to a nearby lot. It was an easy call that could have been made more difficult on this night.

"Stopped in the middle of the road, where there's all sorts of snow, that's really dangerous. Just getting him out of the road was the best for everyone. We deal with (snow) every year, and we'll get through it," Officer Dziedzic said.

A Greenfield Police Department squad car was struck by a car on Tuesday evening. We're told the officer inside that squad is okay -- but police are reminding folks to SLOW DOWN!

Milwaukee County Sheriff's officials say between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to 11 crashes (only one involving an injury) and 18 disabled vehicles. 103 salt trucks were out on the roads as of about 10:00 p.m. Tuesday.

As temperatures drop Tuesday night, roads could get even more slick. Officer Dziedzic urges drivers to slow down and turn your headlights on. If there is an emergency, you're asked to stay in your vehicle and wait for help.

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.

We invite you to monitor the forecast and radar by CLICKING HERE.

1 Comment

  • braken da law

    95% of the people drive like s&!t in ghettowaukee, i noticed red lights are optional and i bet 95% of the ghetto dont have car insurance….how can the brothas & sistas be on welfare and drive a escalade???

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