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State DOT issues travel advisory

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Wisconsin (Press Release) - WisDOT advises that severe weather, poor visibility and hazardous road conditions will continue into the evening hours across Wisconsin, particularly affecting the afternoon commutes in Milwaukee and Madison.

Snow continues to fall across much of Wisconsin this afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and advisories through Tuesday night, with snow fall expected to occur in the south and southeast throughout this evening, along with blowing and drifting snow. As snow falls, travel on area freeways and roadways will continue to be hazardous. Motorists may want to cancel or delay travel plans.

As of 2 PM, the highest amounts have been in the western part of the state, where the snow is coming to an end. The heaviest snow this evening will be in southeast Wisconsin, where an additional 3 to 6 inches could fall, causing significant problems for the evening commute. Northerly winds gusting as high as 30mph will cause some blowing and drifting snow, especially in rural areas. The snow will gradually end across the far southeast by midnight, but areas of blowing snow will continue to be a problem through the overnight hours.

Motorists are advised that visibility and varying road conditions will be challenging throughout the day, and that the maximum legal speed limit is in place for good or ideal conditions. Motorists are advised to reduce speed when road conditions are hazardous and there is reduced visibility. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), including the Wisconsin State Patrol, will closely monitor road conditions as the storm moves into the various regions.

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 you must drive during the storm please be prepared:

- Plan ahead and 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.

- Do not use cruise control in wintry conditions.

- Always wear seatbelts

- Keep a charged cell phone handy. Keep both hands on the wheel while driving.

- Keep at least a half a tank of gas in your vehicle.

- Make sure friends and family members know your travel plans and when you should arrive.

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