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UPDATE: Forecasted snow may create hazardous driving conditions

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Eau Claire (Press Release from WisDOT) - Winter storm warning has created hazardous driving conditions throughout Wisconsin. In addition, blizzard conditions are expected to develop as winds increase early Thursday morning.
A winter storm warning is currently in effect through Friday afternoon (December 21). Hazardous travel is likely over the next two days across much of the state. The heavy snow and high winds will result in blizzard conditions and hazardous driving. Driving is expected to be especially treacherous today and could have life threatening impacts. Motorists may want to cancel or delay travel plans.
Additionally, there is potential for significant travel impacts into Friday, with relatively heavy travel anticipated due to the extended holiday weekend.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises that travelers check winter road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting Wisconsin 511 online at www.511wi.gov.

If motorists must drive during the storm, please be prepared:


- Plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time for travel.
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights before driving.
- Go slow. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Watch for slippery bridge decks which ice up sooner than pavement.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows.
- Drive alert, sober and leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Don't use cruise control in wintry conditions.
- Always wear seatbelts and keep both hands on the wheel.
- 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 Web site at
www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/winterdriving/index.htm.

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Eau Claire (Press Release from WisDOT) - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for a large portion of Wisconsin, including counties in WisDOT's northwest region beginning tonight through Thursday. Blizzard warnings have also been posted for southern counties in the state.

Heavy snow and high winds are expected to make for hazardous driving conditions from Eau Claire south, west and east. The highway office, along with the division of State Patrol, is and will continue to monitor road conditions as the storm moves into the region.

Travelers are encouraged to check winter road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting 511wi.gov. Simply following a few simple driving habits could ensure that travelers will make it to their destination safely:

  • Plan ahead
  • 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 seatbelts

Additional winter driving tips can be found on WisDOT's Web site: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/winterdriving/index.htm

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