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Live updates: Spring snowstorm leads to poor road conditions, power outages
By Julia Marshall,
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for much of Southeast Wisconsin beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday. A Winter Weather Advisory is also in effect for the counties not affected by the warning.
Most of the area can expect to see 5-8+ inches of snow, but the real concern is blowing. There will be gusty winds up to 40 mph causing reduced visibility. Those winds could also lead to tree damage and power outages in the area.
The snow expected will be heavy and wet, collecting more on grass than pavement. However, heavy snowfall rates may overcome the warm pavement leading to difficult travel conditions Saturday morning. ____
1:30 p.m. update:
The number of homes without power has dropped to 1,300. The largest amount remains in Milwaukee. This comes as snow continues to fall.
12:00 p.m. update:
About 6,600 households are without power still following Saturday's snowfall.
11:26 a.m. update:
More than 7,400 people are without power across Southeast Wisconsin, according to the We Energies outage map.
9:40 a.m. update:
Check out the latest snow totals as of 9:40 a.m.
9:15 a.m. update:
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said it has responded to 23 weather-related incidents as of 9 a.m. 17 of those incidents were disabled vehicles, five were property damage only crashes, and one was a crash with injuries.
Those incidents all happened between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m., and seven of them came within a one-hour period.
The sheriff's office is urging people to stay home, and if you have to drive, allow yourself extra time to break.
8:45 a.m. update:
The number of homes without power has increased to more than 1,800.
Several MCTS buses are stuck in Milwaukee near North and Prospect due to the heavy snow.
8:00 a.m. update:
About 1,000 people are without power due to the recent snowfall, according to the We Energies outage map.
The largest outage is south of Caledonia, where more than 400 are without power.
7:50 a.m. update:
I-41 northbound at Mayfair Road is completely closed due to disabled vehicles. This comes as snow continues to fall across the area.
6:40 a.m. update:
In just a couple of hours, Milwaukee has been coated in white snow as a spring storm moves through the area. The heaviest of the snow is expected to come down until 11 a.m., with most of the area seeing several more inches.
6:15 a.m. update:
We are starting to see some blue pop up on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation map, meaning roads are becoming snow covered. If you don't have to go on the roads this morning, don't. Things are getting messy.
6 a.m. update:
The Milwaukee Department of Public Works sent an update saying general ice control was initiated at 4 a.m. The initial plan had been 6 a.m.
DPW said when or whether they scale up to a General Ice Control depends on the pavement temperatures, air temperatures, and how much snow begins to fall. If the air and pavement temperatures remain above freezing, less snow/ice will accumulate on the pavement and a GIC may not be necessary.
5 a.m. update:
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's 511 website shows winter conditions as slippery all across Southeast Wisconsin.
4:30 a.m. update:
Road conditions are deteriorating in Racine County as the storm moves through the area. TMJ4's Julia Fello is in the Storm Chaser monitoring road conditions.
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