Winter weather advisory issued for Wednesday in southeastern Wisconsin
WALWORTH COUNTY After Tuesday’s record-breaking temps—60 degrees in Milwaukee and 64 in Madison—the reality of January is setting in. A winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday for southeastern Wisconsin, including Walworth County.
The National Weather Service reports rain changing over to snow between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesday, with the heaviest snow during the late morning and early afternoon hours.
Snow accumulations could range from 3 to 6 inches by late Wednesday. Winds will be out of the northwest, from 15 to 25 mph, gusting to 30 mph.
Snow and blowing snow will cause slippery roads and greatly reduced visibilities.
Much colder air arrives Wednesday night with wind chills reaching -25 to -35 by Thursday night into Friday.
Be ready for the storm. Here are a few simple things you can do, according to ReadyWisconsin, part of the Wisconsin Emergency Management Team:
• Have an emergency winter weather survival kit in your vehicle. Your kit should include water, snack food such as energy bars or raisins, first aid kit and booster cables. If you have a cell phone make sure you have a power adapter you can plug into the lighter. You can find more kit tips on the website at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov.
• Check the roads before you travel. Call 511 or go to www.511wi.gov for the latest road conditions across Wisconsin.
• Limit travel and get supplies for your home. Depending on conditions in your area it may be safer to stay home Wednesday, if possible. Make sure your home emergency kit is stocked with food that can be stored and prepared without electricity. Also, make sure you have extra water, flashlights with extra batteries and medications. For a complete list of kit items go to our website: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/kit/GetKit.asp.
• Limit exposure to dangerous cold. With 30 below zero wind chills, frostbite can begin in as little as 10 minutes. Wear a warm hat and protect ears, nose and rest of face.