Day 2 of Winter Storm Austin bringing heavier snow

    Forecast for Winter Storm Austin, Jan. 23, 2019. (WLUK image)

    (WLUK) -- Winter Storm Austin has dumped several inches of snow across Northeast Wisconsin.

    Expect the Fox Valley and Green Bay to see 4 to 7 inches of snow by the time the snow ends.

    The southern third of the area -- south of a line from Kewaunee to Green Lake or so -- could see amounts in the 7-10-inch range.

    North and west of the Fox Valley, expect 2-4 inches of accumulation, and most of that may wrap up earlier than in other locations, perhaps by sunrise Wednesday.

    The state Department of Transportation says between 11 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday, it handled:

    • 96 – Driver assists
    • 50 – Vehicle runoffs
    • 35 – Property damage crashes
    • 3 – Personal injury crashes
    • 13 – Unknown injury crashes
    • 3 – Hit-and-run crashes

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    The DOT is urging extra caution on all roads in the state Wednesday and shared these reminders:

    Before driving

    • Know the current road conditions, check for the latest updates
    • Clear snow and ice from vehicles prior to traveling
    • Ensure full tank of gas and windshield washer fluid
    • Inform others about your route and expected travel time

    While driving

    • Drive for road conditions, slow down; posted speed limits are for ideal conditions
    • Increase following distance, leaving plenty of room for stopping
    • Headlights on
    • Buckle up
    • Pay attention and limit distractions
    • Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows, move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles
    • Be cautious on bridges, overpasses and entrance and exit ramps as they ice sooner than roadways
    • If you are in a crash, or in a run-off-the-road incident: stay in your vehicle; activate your vehicle’s hazard lights; and call 911

    Around snowplows

    • WisDOT reminds motorists that it is illegal to follow a snowplow closer than 200 feet if the plow is engaged in snow and ice removal on highways with a posted speed limit of more than 35 mph. Most crashes involving snowplows and vehicles happen when a snowplow is rear ended or hit while being passed.
    • Motorists may legally pass a working snowplow but are advised to use extreme caution as road conditions could be worse ahead of the plow.

    Meanwhile, Wisconsin emergency management officials also offer these tips on handling the snow and cold weather forecast for later this week:

    • If you must travel, allow plenty of extra time for your trip. Keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle and inform friends and family of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.

    • Check the roads before you travel. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises travelers to check road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting

    • Have an emergency winter weather survival kit in your vehicle. Your kit should include water, snack foods such as energy bars or raisins, blankets, a first aid kit and booster cables. If you have a cell phone, make sure you have a charger that works in your vehicle. You can find more kit tips at

    • Get supplies for your home. Make sure your home emergency kit is stocked with food that can be stored and prepared without electricity. For a complete list of kit items go to

    • During the bitter cold, stay indoors if you can. If you must be outside, wear multiple layers of clothing and make sure you cover your head, ears and hands.

    • Cold weather puts extra stress on the heart. Activities such as shoveling snow could cause a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.

    • Never run a gasoline, propane heater or a grill inside your home or unventilated garage. They can release deadly carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide causes headaches, dizziness, confusion and ultimately death. If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 and get out of the home immediately.

    • Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes. Symptoms include a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, ear tips and tip of the nose. If you see these signs, seek medical care immediately!

    • Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) symptoms include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness in adults and children. In infants, symptoms can include bright red or cold skin and very low energy. If you notice anyone exhibiting any of the symptoms of hypothermia, seek medical care immediately!

    • Pets also need extra care when the temperatures fall. They should be brought inside when the temperature reaches 30F with wind chill. Dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, nose and feet if left outside during bitter cold weather. Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can also irritate pets’ paws.

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