A Wintry Mess To End the Week

Day-long snow falls in southeastern Wisconsin, making travel hazardous.

Steady snow continued to fall in the Oak Creek area Friday, with about five inches expected to fall by the time it's over, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow began mid-Friday morning, after the morning rush hour. But it continued throughout Friday and got worse as the day goes on. The NWS predicted the heaviest snow to fall between noon and 5 p.m., with a half-inch to an inch per hour.

As the snowfall intensified, road conditions also deteriorated, with visibilities reduced to a half-mile or less. Numerous accidents were reported on the freeway system, including one on Interstate 43 that closed lanes in both directions.

The state Department of Transporation to monitor changing weather conditions and take it slow on area roadways.

and Milwaukee County trucks took to the road Friday morning to begin salting operations, but many roads were still slippery as the evening rush hour began.

Oak Creek Street Superintendent Mike Lampe said the department takes plows off the road around rush hour time, but drivers are sent back out after 6 p.m.

In addition to the snow, the Milwaukee area is also dealing with cold temperatures. While the high predicted for Friday (13) was higher than Thursday, wind chills are still expected to be about 5 to 15 below zero, so bundle up as you head out.

If you're planning any travel to events, check here for closings. Traveling by air? It's best to contact your airline directly, and all carriers out of Mitchell International are listed on their website.

And if that's not enough, more wintry weather is expected Sunday night and Monday, with a chance of freezing rain, according to the NWS.


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