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Thursday evening: Road conditions deteriorating rapidly (4:00 p.m. Report)


UNDATED  (WSAU WSP)  -  Driving conditions continue to deteriorate throughout state

A winter storm warning remains in effect for much of the state through the afternoon of Friday, December 21st. Hazardous travel conditions are expected to continue over the next two days. Wisconsin State Patrol is reporting that driving conditions are changing rapidly into the overnight hours. Heavy snow and high winds, with gusts of up to 60 MPH are resulting in blizzard-like conditions and hazardous driving. Driving is especially treacherous today and could have life-threatening impacts. Motorists are advised to cancel or delay travel plans.

As of Thursday at 4:00 p.m., the following areas are experiencing rapidly deteriorating conditions:

Snow is still coming down across the North Central region. Stronger wind gusts are increasing thepossibility of whiteouts and significant drifting, especially on the east/west corridors: WIS 29, US 10, and WIS 54.

Conditions on I-39 and US 51 from Marquette County to Iron County vary and are stillsnow covered and slippery. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution if traveling tonight and intoFriday. Snowfall totals for the area are expected to reach 10-14 inches.

Conditions continue to deteriorate in Southeastern and Southwestern Wisconsin, with severalinches of snow expected overnight. High winds, low visibility and freezing conditions are forecasted.

Interstate and state highway travelers are likely to find travel throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowaand Minnesota difficult and dangerous. High winds and blowing snow are creating a serious hazard for commercial motor vehicles, other high-profile vehicles and vehicles towing trailers. In addition, oversize/overweight permits are currently suspended. Motor carriers may check the DOT website for further information.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises that travelers check winter road conditionsbefore 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 and travel with extreme caution. If thestorm makes driving too hazardous or if your car breaks down, stay in your vehicle. Run your engineand heater for short intervals to stay warm. Be sure to crack the window to avoid carbon monoxidebuild-up.

Additional winter driving tips can be found on the WisDOT Web site.