Driving conditions will be challenging all day Thursday

CREATED Feb. 6, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to plan for road conditions as incoming Winter storm approaches on Thursday.

"The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and advisories for southeastern
and southwestern Wisconsin beginning at 6 a.m. through most of the day on Thursday, Feb. 7," said WisDOT. "Peak snow fall is expected to occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday at the rate of one to two inches per hour. Mixed precipitation of snow, sleet and freezing rain can be expected as temperatures rise above freezing."

The department wants to remind drivers that visibility and road conditions will be challenging the entire day on Thursday.

WisDOT hopes drivers will check road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting
Wisconsin 511 online.

However, the want to make sure that If you must drive during the storm please be prepared with the following tips:

- Plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time for travel.
- Drive at a safe and legal speed for conditions (The 55 or 65 mph speed limit is a maximum speed
for times when conditions are good/ideal, not for when roads are slippery and visibility is reduced.)
- Drive alert and sober.
- Do not use cruise control in wintry conditions.
- Always wear seatbelts.
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- Keep a charged cell phone handy. Keep both hands on the wheel while driving.
- Keep at least a half a tank of gas in your vehicle.
- Make sure friends and family members know your travel plans and when you should arrive.