Tuesday, March 5, 2013
A winter storm began moving through the Oak Creek area Tuesday morning. See how the city responded, and tell us how things are in your neighborhood.
Last update: 2:35 p.m. Tuesday Another winter storm moved into southeastern Wisconsin Tuesday, and while the snowfall is not expected to be as much as original estimates, roads quickly became slick. No major accidents have been reported, though many minor incidents have kept police busy. On the freeway system, sheriff's deputies responded to 19 crashes and 22 disabled vehicles from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. After-school and Oak Creek Recreation Department activities were canceled. South of Oak Creek, Racine schools closed early because of the snowstorm. Here are some more school and business closings from Patch's media partners at WISN 12 News; if you hear of any other closings, please let us know in the comments section. According to WISN, snow …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The winter storm that sat over the Milwaukee area on Tuesday and Wednesday dropped far more snow than originally predicted, leading to school closings and treacherous road conditions.
Update 10:45 p.m. Wednesday The winter storm that started Tuesday and ended overnight Wednesday into Thursday was originally predicted to leave little impact. But conditions were just right for the storm to grow, and it ended up dumping wet, slushy snow that closed schools and made roads dangerous for several days. Patch media partners WISN 12 News said this storm didn't follow the predictions. Computers and humans alike had originally predicted two to four inches of snow from this system, which earlier had buried the Plains states in a fresh blanket of snow. However, some uncharacteristic lake enhancement took place late Tuesday afternoon, driving snow totals much higher. "A humbling storm for all meteorologists in southeast Wisconsin…
Friday, February 8, 2013
A vehicle snapped a light pole near Howell Avenue and Oakwood Road as a winter storm hit southeastern Wisconsin Thursday afternoon.
A vehicle hit and snapped a light pole on Howell Avenue during Thursday's snowstorm and left the scene, according to police. A witness told police a black SUV hit the light pole in the 10300 block of S. Howell Avenue and turned left on Oakwood Road about 4:30 p.m. An electrician was called after the accident left exposed wires, according to a police report. Police did not find the striking vehicle.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Another "clipper" comes through the region later Sunday night that could make driving conditions dangerous for those coming home from Super Bowl parties.
Updated at 8 a.m. Monday A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service, and that could put a little wrinkle on your Monday morning commute. In Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties, the advisory is in effect from midnight until 9 a.m. Monday. In Waukesha and Racine counties, it is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday. According to the Weather Service, snow developing as part of an "Alberta clipper" system coming down from the northwest will begin between 9 and 11 p.m. Sunday. Snow accumulations in southeastern Wisconsin are expected to reach between 2 to 5 inches on fairly light southwest winds of 5 mph to 10 mph. Jeremy Nelson, a meteorologist with Patch's media partners at WISN-TV (Channel 12), predicts …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Snow is expected to continue to blanket the region this week, with the most challenging weather coming Thursday.
The first snowfall of the season finally came Tuesday, and the winter weather will only intensify later this week. A winter storm watch will go into effect Thursday afternoon until midnight Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS says 3 to 6 inches are possible Thursday, though the worst is expected to miss Milwaukee County: blizzard-like conditions are predicted for south-central Wisconsin, including the Madison area. A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. On Tuesday, numerous spin-outs and crashes were reported throughout southeastern Wisconsin as motorists tried to adjust their driving habits, according to Patch's media partners at Fox 6.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
From an emergency preparedness expert, here's a list of 10 gifts that just could save someone's life this season.
Snow can come in picturesque flurries or road-closing blizzards. Cold can make hot cocoa a welcome treat or lead to frostbite. If you live in Wisconsin, you need to be ready for whatever winter throws at you. David Maack, emergency management coordinator for Racine County, sent out this list of the top 10 emergency preparedness gifts. No matter who's on your gift list, one of these should fit the bill. And if they give you a funny look, you've got the best explanation ever: I care and want you to be safe. 1. Emergency Weather Radio A NOAA weather radio is like having your own emergency siren in your home. It is one of the best ways to protect your family in the case of a disaster. Emergency radios are a 24-hour source of weather …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Driver didn't realize traffic signals were no longer flashing red, according to police.
The wet and heavy snow caused power outages throughout Oak Creek Friday evening, and that contributed to a four-vehicle accident at the intersection of Howell and Ryan. According to an Oak Creek police report: Due to an outage, the traffic signals at the intersection were flashing red so that vehicles would treat it as a four-way stop. Just after 5 p.m., the power came back on and the stoplights went back to operating normally. North/south traffic had a green light and east/west traffic had a red light. However, the driver of a vehicle on Ryan Road didn't realize the stoplights had switched back and went through a red light. The vehicle hit two cars going northbound on Howell Avenue, and one of those vehicles then pushed into a fourth …
Friday, March 2, 2012
6 to 8 inches expected to fall in southeastern Wisconsin.
Snow started to fall heavily in Oak Creek just after 3 p.m. Friday as a winter storm warning went into effect. The warning expired at midnight. By the time the storm is over, the National Weather Service predicted between 6 to 8 inches of snow will be on the ground. "This will be a wet heavy snow," according to the NWS forecast. We Energies crews were responding to reports of power outages. On the Oak Creek Patch Facebook page, a reader said the road at Howell Avenue and Oakwood Road was closed about 5:30 p.m. due to downed power lines. Power was restored just after 6:30 p.m., according to a Journal Sentinel report. The We Energies power outage map showed 68 customers near the Ryan Road interchange impacted by an outage about 10:30 p.m. …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Oak Creek residents dealt with a round of winter weather Friday morning.
Friday brought a slippery morning commute for many in Oak Creek. Several accidents and spin-outs were reported to the Oak Creek Police Department between 4:15 and 7 a.m., including a three-vehicle accident in front of Farm & Fleet. Police also arrested a man who crashed his vehicle on Pennsylvania Avenue. According to police reports: A 27-year-old Franklin woman lost control of her vehicle about 6:50 a.m. in the 300 block of W. Rawson Ave, which was snow-covered and slippery. She crossed into the path of a second vehicle, causing a collision, and then continued to roll forward and bumped into a third vehicle. The woman was cited for driving too fast for conditions. Her vehicle sustained severe damage and had to be towed. The second vehicle…
Monday, February 13, 2012
Friday's weather wreaked havoc on Oak Creek streets.
Drivers struggled with snow and icy conditions Friday, particularly on 13th Street and its intersection with Drexel Avenue. According to the Oak Creek Police Department logbook, one of the first accidents happened at 3:50 p.m., when a vehicle was southbound on 13th Street. The driver was unable to stop and slid through the intersection, striking a curb and knocking down a traffic signal in the median. More accidents in that area were reported throughout the afternoon and into the night. Several reports of cars in the ditch came in between 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. The Milwaukee County Highway Department was called multiple times to salt the intersection. Another stoplight was knocked down just before 6 p.m. at the southwest corner of Howell …