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Credit: REUTERS/Steven Hausler
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MADISON, WI (WSAU) Wisconsin is supposed to get 3-to-10 inches of snow from tonight through early Friday – and the state D-O-T says it’s ready. The agency has beefed up its 5-1-1 travel information system, which provides road conditions and news about potential hazards. It can be reached by phone or the Internet.

When the system first went on-line three years ago, users were frustrated because there was not enough band-width to handle high usage during storms. But the D-O-T’s Chris Quesnell says that’s been fixed – and it now uses eight servers instead of two. Also, new features have been added to the system to make it easier to get specialized information.

Quesnell says folks can create custom profiles. And when they call, they can get conditions only about the routes they choose. Users can also get text message alerts. And the D-O-T has added five regional Twitter feeds to put out snow-and-travel information. You can reach the system by calling 5-1-1, or going on-line at 511WI-Dot-Gov.

Most of Wisconsin is about to get its first major snowstorm of the winter. La Crosse has only had five inches so far this season, and Green Bay has had just over six.

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