The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) reminds motorists throughout Wisconsin to plan for a complex and possibly dangerous winter storm that will heavily impact statewide travel on Thursday. At this time, the final track of the storm is uncertain, and a slight deviation could shift snow totals.
In the northwest and north-central regions of the state, snow accumulations will be high- up to 15 inches in some areas. The heaviest snowfall will likely take place Thursday afternoon, and snow clean-up is expected to continue into Friday. The accumulation, coupled with high winds could create low visibility from blowing snow north and west of Madison Thursday night, with blizzard-like conditions possible in far Western Wisconsin.
The Thursday morning commute in Southern Wisconsin may be hazardous due to slick roads from a mix of snow, sleet, and possibly freezing rain due to move in from the southwest. Statewide, Thursday afternoon’s commute will likely be difficult, with fresh fallen snow and high winds.
The system should move out of the state by Friday morning, but travelers should be prepared for remaining snow and ice on roadways for their commute, as plows and salt trucks complete clean-up. Winds will remain high on Friday, causing blowing snow and potential whiteout conditions throughout the state.