WISCONSIN – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is reminding motorists throughout Wisconsin to plan for freezing and potential life-threatening cold winter weather conditions as a mass of arctic air approaches the state.
State officials say severe winter weather conditions will adversely impact most of Wisconsin late Saturday night, Sunday, and through early Wednesday afternoon. Snow covered roads, accompanied by blowing and drifting snow will limit visibility and cause extremely hazardous travel conditions. North-south routes will be at the greatest risk.
Motorists may want to cancel or delay travel plans tonight and Sunday and are advised to reduce speed whenever road conditions are hazardous and visibility is limited. WisDOT and the Wisconsin State Patrol will closely monitor road conditions as the storm moves through the many regions of the state.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises travelers check road conditions before leaving home by calling 511 or visiting www.511wi.gov.
The DOT says if you must drive during winter storm conditions – be prepared:
- Allow plenty of extra time for travel.
- Drive at a safe and legal speed for conditions: the 55 or 65 mph speed limit is a maximum speed for times when conditions are good/ideal, not for when roads are slippery and visibility is reduced.
- Drive alert and sober.
- Always wear seat belts.
- Keep a charged cell phone handy.
- Keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle.
- Inform people (friends, family) of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.
Additional winter driving tips can be found on the WisDOT website.