Drivers, exercise caution! Slick roads to blame for multiple accidents

MILWAUKEE -- Drivers are encouraged to use caution in their travels Friday morning, January 12th -- as temperatures dropped significantly overnight, creating slippery road conditions.

A jackknifed semi temporarily shut down all northbound lanes on I-43 at Brown Deer Road. That crash has since been cleared -- and all lanes have reopened.

Bayside police also issued a warning to drivers on their Twitter page about slick conditions. They ask that drivers be extremely careful on their morning commute, especially around the N. Lake Dr. and E. Brown Deer Rd. curve and I-43 ramps.

FOX6 News reporter Amy DuPont says she passed five crashes on her way to work this morning. Including the Silver Spring Drive exit off I-43 -- where three people went into the ditch. And a semi that's halfway in the ditch on I-43 South at Good Hope Road.

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 WisDOT traffic cameras

CLICK HERE to monitor the interactive FOX6 Traffic Map

Meanwhile, FOX6Now.com offers a variety of extremely useful weather tools to help you navigate the wintry mess. They including the following:

FOX6 NEWS MOBILE APPS

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These apps feature updated weather coverage of southeast Wisconsin from the team at FOX6 News. They include weather webcasts, the FOX 6-day forecast, severe weather alerts and more.

MAPS AND RADAR

We have a host of maps and radars on the FOX6 Weather page that are updating regularly — to provide you the most accurate assessment of the weather. From a county-by-county view to the Midwest regional radar and a national view — it’s all there. All of these images are at the ready — just one click away.

ROAD TEMPERATURES

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.

WIND CHILL CHART

FOX6 News invites you to click and print a copy of the National Weather Service (NWS) wind chill chart. Put it up on your refrigerator. The NWS wind chill temperature index provides an accurate, understandable, and useful formula for calculating the dangers from winter winds and freezing temperatures. CLICK HERE to print the NWS wind chill chart.

FOX6 WEATHER IN SOCIAL MEDIA

  • CLICK HERE to “Like” the FOX6 Weather Team on Facebook
    • CLICK HERE to “Like” Rob Haswell on Facebook
    • CLICK HERE to “Like” Tom Wachs on Facebook
    • CLICK HERE to “Like” Stephanie Barichello on Facebook
    • CLICK HERE to "Like" Rachael Kaye on Facebook
  • CLICK HERE to “Follow” the FOX6 Weather Team on Twitter
    • CLICK HERE to “Follow” Rob Haswell on Twitter
    • CLICK HERE to “Follow” Tom Wachs on Twitter
    • CLICK HERE to “Follow” Stephanie Barichello on Twitter
    • CLICK HERE to "Follow" Rachael Kaye on Twitter

SCHOOL AND BUSINESS CLOSINGS

When the weather gets a little dicey, schools and businesses may shut down for part of a day or altogether. CLICK HERE to monitor the latest list of closings, cancellations and delays reported in southeast Wisconsin.

FOX6Now.com SNOW STICK

Because the winter months also offer a great opportunity to get outside and play, we try to bring you a lighter side of the weather — with a little help from the FOX6Now.com Snow Stick. It’s our unofficial snow measurement tool sitting on the FOX6 Weather Deck in Brown Deer. Web users can visit the Snow Stick web page and watch the snow accumulate in real time via live streaming video. We’ll stream this web cam live 24/7 whenever there’s snow in the forecast — and invite you to “LIKE” the Snow Stick on Facebook.

FOX6 FUTURE FORECASTER

Lastly, FOX6 and Meteorologist Rob Haswell are looking for some smart, fun, outgoing and weather-loving kids to help with the weather forecasts Friday mornings on WakeUp News. If you have a 6 to 12-year-old child who is into weather and wants to show his or her stuff, then we want to hear from you! CLICK HERE to learn more.