Wisconsin DOT: First significant snowfall expected to cause problems during the evening rush

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is asking drivers to use extra caution, as the first significant winter storm is predicted to bring several inches of snow to much of Wisconsin, especially in the cities of Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Madison. The timing of the storm could impact the evening commute.

The heavy snow and wind will present various driving challenges to motorists Monday night, November 24th through Tuesday morning. These challenges include:

  • Significant snowfall, with locally heavy (6+ inch) amounts in central and eastern Wisconsin
  • Snow-covered or slushy pavement and slippery conditions in some locations
  • High winds creating poor visibility and icy conditions
  • Drifting of snow, especially during the evening hours

The Wisconsin State Patrol recommends motorists keep an eye on the changing weather conditions and check road condition updates. Other important considerations the State Patrol recommends:

  • Minimize unnecessary travel
  • Leave early, allow extra time for travel
  • Slow down and drive for current conditions. Posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
  • Slow down well before approaching stoplights or intersections
  • Be sure to keep plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. Sudden stops and sharp turns will likely cause your car loss of control.
  • Motorists are advised to be extra cautious on bridges and interchange ramps
  • Be aware of snowplow vehicles and keep at least 200 feet behind them

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reminds commuters and travelers that road conditions may change quickly. If you must travel, motorists should be prepared for the unexpected. Check winter road conditions before leaving home by:

  • Visiting www.511wi.gov
  • Following the states 511 Twitter feed @511WI or calling 5-1-1

FOX6 News offers the following tools for your use when the snow falls:

FOX6 NEWS MOBILE APP

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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.