Icy roads causing crashes

(WBAY) - The Friday evening commute will be treacherous for some drivers in Northeast Wisconsin as temperatures fall and ice forms on the roads.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office says they recently responded to 16 crashes.

De Pere Police say they've taken calls on close to 20 crashes Friday and that number is growing.

Green Bay's Notre Dame Academy moved its Academy Ball from Saturday to Friday in an attempt to beat the storm. On Friday, they urged students to be extremely careful as they drive to the dance.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation lists some major highway as "ice covered." Click here for the Wisconsin 511 map.

Radar picked up small hail in the counties of Waupaca; Outagamie; Brown; Kewaunee; Waushara; Winnebago; Calumet; and Manitowoc. Most of it was pea-sized or smaller.

The National Weather Service says roads are slippery in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Dodge counties where hail fell Friday morning.

Fond du Lac Police tweeted a request for people to drive safely, slow down, and allow extra time.

Click here for local driving conditions on Timesaver Traffic.

Driving could be tricky for the foreseeable future as a monster storm bears down on our area.

StormCenter 2 meteorologists say this storm will likely hit us in two rounds.

In the first round, rain will transition to a wintry mix with freezing rain later Friday and into the night. Roads will likely become icy across the Fox Valley heading into Saturday morning.

After a short lull, we will get the stronger second round. The icy mix develops late Saturday and turns to heavy snowfall. Several inches of snow will fall through Sunday. Right now it looks like 6-12" of snowfall is possible through east-central Wisconsin, with over a foot possible in the NORTH. Winds gusting over 40 mph will cause blowing and drifting.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says people may want to cancel or delay travel plans.

If you do have to travel, follow this advice from the DOT:

--Allow extra time

--Drive at a safe speed for conditions

--Leave room between vehicles

--Wear your seat belt

--Carry a charged cellphone

--Keep gas tank at least half full

--Inform people of your travel plans

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