According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, travel conditions are slowly beginning to improve across the state, however, many roads remain completely or partially covered with snow and ice pack. As temperatures drop this afternoon and this evening, roadway surfaces could again freeze and become slippery.
County crews have been out this morning and throughout the day to restore roadways to normal winter driving conditions. Conditions are expected to improve throughout the day.
There were numerous traffic incidents during the storm involving large trucks. Many of these incidents involved trucks sliding off the road, and these vehicles are now being recovered. 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. As increased travel is expected over the entire extended holiday weekend, motorists are encouraged to drive with caution.