Snowfall creates poor driving conditions during morning commute

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Snow was falling in southeastern Wisconsin on New Year’s Day — and the snowfall, combined with lake effect snowfall, left several inches of new snowfall on the ground. The snow is expected to continue through Thursday evening, January 2nd — and by the time everything is said and done, we could have a total of six to nine (or more) new inches of snow for Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties.

The National Weather Service (NWS) says Lake Effect Snow ADVISORIES are in effect for five counties as of Wednesday evening, January 1st.

Lake Effect Snow ADVISORIES are in effect for Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties (through noon Thursday) and Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties (through 3:00 p.m. Thursday).

The National Weather Service had issued Lake Effect Snow WARNINGS for Milw., Racine and Kenosha counties earlier Wednesday — but those warnings were later downgraded.

CLICK HERE to read the details of the warning and advisory

The NWS says the advisories means lake effect snow will make travel difficult in some areas. Lake effect snow showers typically align themselves in bands — and will likely be intense enough to drop several inches in localized areas. Monitor the FOX6 Storm Center Forecast regularly by CLICKING HERE.

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.
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