UNDATED (WSAU-WSP) Although travel conditions are slowly beginning to improve across the state, 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 are out this morning and throughout the day to restore roadways to normal winterdriving conditions. Conditions are expected to improve throughout the day.
There were numerous traffic incidents during the storm involving large trucks. Many of theseincidents 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, significantlyhigher traffic volumes are expected on Wisconsin highways this afternoon and this evening. Asincreased travel is expected over the entire extended holiday weekend, motorists are encouraged to drive with caution.
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. Page 2-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 theDOT website for further information.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises that travelers check winter road conditionsbefore leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting Wisconsin 511 online at www.511wi.gov.
Additional winter driving tips can be found on the WisDOT Web site atwww.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/winterdriving/index.htm.