Winter Storm Still Impacting Wisconsin Holiday Travel

By KBJR News 1

Winter Storm Still Impacting Wisconsin Holiday Travel

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Driving conditions are beginning to improve across Wisconsin following Thursday's snow storm, however many roads are still covered with snow and ice.

Temperatures are expected to drop this afternoon and this evening, causing many roadways to freeze again and become slippery.

County crews are working throughout the day to restore roadway conditions to normal winter driving conditions. Conditions are expected to improve throughout the day.

The Wisconsin Transportation Department is reporting numerous traffic incidents during the storm involving large trucks sliding off the road. Crews are out recovering these vehicles.

Emergency responders and towing and recovery personnel will be operating under extreme weather conditions and dangerous traffic. Drivers are urged to proceed very cautiously through these
emergency scenes. State law requires that drivers slow down and move over for any stopped vehicle involved in these emergency response activities.

Due to the travel delayed by the storm as well as holiday shopping and other events, significantly higher traffic volumes are expected on Wisconsin highways this afternoon and this evening.

The following driving tips are suggested for winter travel:
-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.
-Dont 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.

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 conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting Wisconsin 511 online at www.511wi.gov.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns