Storm Team 4: Wind Whips in Racine

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RACINE - Consider the winds in Racine a warm up for what’s to come.

“The air is cold. It’s brisk and dry,” said Nisha Griffen of Racine.

Living next to Lake Michigan has its advantages and disadvantages.

Tuesday is a disadvantage.

The wind is howling, needling anyone who decides to go up against it and it’s not even that bad yet.

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“I don’t have much choice. Rain, sleet, or hail I have to come out here,” said Griffin.

Others aren’t as willing to go up against Mother Nature.

“It probably means a snow day for me tomorrow,” said Kathy Campeau.

The Racine County sheriff’s Department can not take a snow day. Instead, it's preparing for the worst, once the big snow hits.

“We brought in extra dispatchers, extra deputies, our snowmobile unit,” said Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.

Sheriff Schmaling says the department has a snowmobile unit on standby, in case the roads become impassable.

And if deputies need to, they can call on other snowmobile clubs throughout the county.

In the meantime, Schmaling is asking people to stay home when the blizzard warning goes into affect, if they can.

If they can't, take it slow.

“Drifting is always a concern and what we would like to tell our community, if you’re seeing drifting, drive slowly.”