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“Cars in the ditch all over:” Second winter storm of the season meant white-knuckle driving in SE WI

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WAUKESHA COUNTY -- Strong winds and heavy snow led to white-out conditions at times Monday, December 28th in Waukesha County. A Winter Storm Warning took effect on Monday morning, and was set to remain in effect until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

The FOX6 Weather Experts said we could expect snow, sleet, freezing rain and high winds along with this winter storm.

Waukesha County Sheriff's officials said from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday, deputies were on scene of 54 crashes involving property damage, 11 crashes involving injury and 60 vehicles in the ditch.

Crash in Waukesha County amid winter storm Monday, December 28th

Crash in Waukesha County amid winter storm Monday, December 28th

Crash in Waukesha County amid winter storm Monday, December 28th

Crash in Waukesha County amid winter storm Monday, December 28th

FOX6 News found one driver Monday who had been driving in the mess for quite awhile.

"I`ve come all the way from Minneapolis. It`s been crap all the way from 60 miles on the other side of Madison. Cars in the ditch all over," the driver said.

Crashes in Waukesha County during winter storm Monday, December 28th

Crashes in Waukesha County during winter storm Monday, December 28th

And not just along I-94.

Wind led to blowing and drifting snow, which covered main and side roads.

Scott Bailey was one of many helping pull vehicles out of ditches Monday.

"We have four trucks out -- two out right now, and two here unloading vehicle accidents," Bailey said.

Sheriff's deputies and folks like Bailey were busy dealing with spinouts -- and crashes led to closures on the freeway, including one incident in Waukesha County.

A crash shut down I-94 westbound near Oconomowoc for a half-hour.

Crashes in Waukesha County during winter storm Monday, December 28th

Crashes in Waukesha County during winter storm Monday, December 28th

Crashes in Waukesha County during winter storm Monday, December 28th

Crashes in Waukesha County during winter storm Monday, December 28th

"When it starts getting real icy and the ice is coming down on top of the snow, I think it`s going to get a lot worse," Bailey said.

And as predicted, that snow changed over to sleet and freezing rain Monday afternoon. Drivers could hear the sleet pounding on their windshields.

For some, it required courage just to get out and pump some gas.

"As long as you guys are standing here, it blocks the snow a little bit. But yeah it`s painful. Should`ve done it yesterday," Dean Berndt said.

Crashes in Waukesha County during winter storm Monday, December 28th

Crashes in Waukesha County during winter storm Monday, December 28th

2 comments

  • molon labe

    You know you guys (DPW) are under the slack supervision of barely outta high school graduates right? The driver’s who some are also GED grads are just following orders from the top. Their knuckleheads follow orders from the top as well and so on. This is just another PUNCH IN THA FACE to the hard working tax payers of Milwaukee, who get NOTHING in return except bills, bills and bills. Gotta crack in your sidewalk that’s public–YOU’RE PAYING FOR IT, got a burnt out street light? SORRY, we’re putting in LED STREET lights around District 1. Need a crosswalk? Sorry, some, Alderwomen IGNORE YOU for MONTHS……until you catch them deleting an email you sent them WITHOUT being read!!!! These type of people see how F’N LAZY they can be compared to how much money they can make doing almost nothing. Seems like DPW is run by Uncle Eddie:
    http://www.clarkgriswoldcollection.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/cousineddie.jp

  • Matt

    I drove from Ryan Road in Oak Creek all the way to Sturgeon Bay and counted 19 vehicles in the ditch. Normally a 2 hour trip,it took a little over 4. All I can say is…I’m glad I have snow tires.

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