WisDOT is shutting down I-94The Wisconsin Department of Transportation along with the State Patrol is declaring that I-94 between Hudson and Tomah is impassable.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation along with the State Patrol is declaring that I-94 between Hudson and Tomah is impassable.
Motorists attempting to use the interstate should make alternate plans, however all highways are in hazardous condition. WisDOT will begin restricting access to the interstate immediately and will continue until it is deemed safe to travel.
Motorists on the interstate at this time should begin to consider exiting and finding safe shelters for the night.
WisDOT continues to advise against any travel on any Wisconsin highway now through Sunday, unless absolutely necessary.
The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm and Blizzard Warnings in most counties around the state until Sunday morning. Heavy snow combined with high winds and dangerous wind chills, has led to white-out conditions in many areas, limiting visibility for motorists. This storm will
continue to move through the state, with areas in the south and east expected to be impacted throughout the night and day on Sunday.
"Conditions continue to deteriorate and it is becoming critically important for vehicles to stay off the roadways," said State Patrol Superintendent David Collins. "We continue to monitor the highways, and will make determinations on whether to keep them open to ensure the safety of the motoring public."
Motorists who must travel are advised to monitor weather and road conditions before leaving.
• To check on the latest winter road conditions, call 5-1-1 or view this information on the Web at 511wi.gov. Dial 911 only for emergency situations.
• Leave at least 500 feet of distance between your vehicle and a snowplow or salt truck.
• Make sure your gas tank is full and you have some food, warm blankets and clothing in the vehicle in case of emergency. If you have a cell phone, make sure its fully charged and working.
• Tell others about your travel route and itinerary, so that if you dont arrive at your destination, they can contact law enforcement officers and inform them where to look.
• Keep others informed if you’re going to be late or encounter problems so they wont worry needlessly.
• It’s safer to travel with passengers and convoy with other vehicles than it is to drive alone.
• Remember, the speed limit is based on clear roads and dry pavement-don’t drive too fast for conditions.
• Watch for slippery spots on bridges and overpasses.
• Take note of mileposts, exit numbers or crossroads in case you slide off the road or are involved in a crash so that law enforcement officers and tow truck operators can find you.
• If the storm makes driving too hazardous or if your car breaks down, stay in the vehicle.