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“You have to be careful:” Lake-effect snow, low temperatures make for slick roads Sunday

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Lake-effect snow fell beginning Sunday afternoon, February 15th -- and that, combined with low temperatures made for some slick roads. Salt trucks were out in force in Milwaukee, but Sheriff's officials were busy helping drivers.

Most of the lake-effect snow fell between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sunday. That's when the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office saw the bulk of the accidents. Sheriff's officials handled six property damage only crashes, four personal injury crashes and nine disabled vehicles.

Milwaukee Department of Public Works officials said around 5:00 p.m. 102 salt trucks were out on the roads -- concentrating on main roads in Milwaukee. Some of those trucks have mounted plows.

This, as motorists like Paula Imel buckled up and headed straight into the short burst of snowfall.

"It seems like they are removing it sufficiently to be able to drive.  You have to be careful.  But otherwise, I think they are doing a good job," Imel said.

The FOX6 Weather Experts say no more than an inch fell across parts of southeastern Wisconsin as the lake-effect snow moved in. Salting became high priority as during the snow event, pavement and air temperatures were below freezing. That led to some slick spots.

"I`ve seen cars flipped over in dry conditions.  If you don`t drive safely, for what it is, anything is possible," one driver said.

Rollover crash on I-43

Rollover crash on I-43

DOT cameras and pictures sent in by FOX6 viewers captured a vehicle that spun out and tipped over on I-43 SB near Locust Sunday. It was further proof that the lake-effect snow packed a punch.

"I complain about road conditions when they don`t get plowed, but this is nothing.  It`s beautiful out.  Just drive safely," one driver said.

Another chance for light snow comes late on Monday, February 16th.

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