WisDOT reminds drivers conditions could be especially challenging Tuesday
WTMJ News Team
MILWAUKEE - WisDOT reminds motorists in Wisconsin to plan for hazardous road conditions statewide as the winter storm approaches. They want to remind drivers that they may have a harder time reaching stranded motorists during periods of the storm, so preparation is especially important.
"The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and advisories for much of Wisconsin from Monday night through Tuesday night," said WisDOT. "Snow fall is expected to occur throughout Tuesday with totals of 6 to 12 inches predicted across most of western and southern Wisconsin, along with blowing and drifting snow. As snow falls, travel on area freeways and roadways will become increasingly hazardous. Motorists may want to cancel or delay travel plans on Tuesday."
WisDOT reminds drivers that road conditions and visibility may be changing and challenging Tuesday. WisDOT and the Wisconsin State Patrol will closely monitor road conditions as the storm moves into the various regions.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation also advises anyone traveling on Tuesday to 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.