Storm Team 4: Blizzard Shuts Down SE Wisconsin

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MILWAUKEE - "It has been a disaster from Milwaukee County south."

And not too much better anywhere else in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Those words quoted from Storm Team 4Caster John Malan on Wednesday morning describe the incredible situation.

"Roads are impassible anywhere between 10" and 13" have fallen in southern Milwaukee County, Eastern Walworth, Racine and Kenosha Counties," said Malan.

That, plus three to seven-foot drifts observed in many areas - with the possibility of 10 foot snow drifts - have brought on a combination of a Blizzard Warning through 12:00 p.m. and a Civil Danger Warning until further notice in every county of Southeastern Wisconsin.

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That warning means that if you are stuck on a freeway or road and call for authorities to help, they may not arrive for hours depending on the conditions.

"Do not go out there.  You may become stranded," warned Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele.

The winds won't help with the storm, either.

"Very strong winds are continuing around the area, with wind gusts of around 53 miles per hour all the way up to the airport," said Malan.

Because of the conditions, the Wisconsin State Patrol declared that all freeways in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties are impassable. 

U.S. 41 in Fond du Lac County was also shut down due to the snow.

"The rest of the area had pretty good snowfalls, but generally not as much (as south of Milwaukee)."

The storm and heavy winds will be continuing through noon Wednesday.

Once the snow ends later on Wednesday, Steele forecasts that wind chills will fall far below zero, with temperatures even reaching -2 for a low Wednesday night.

Stay with Storm Team 4 for the very latest on these potentially dangerous blizzard conditions.