Snow means slow: Winter storm making for hazardous travel Tuesday

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WBAY) - Road conditions have deteriorated as Northeast Wisconsin gets socked with another big snow storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning that will last until 3 a.m.

CLICK HERE for warning details.

We could get 8 to 12 inches of snow with this storm. Blowing and drifting are making for dangerous driving conditions.


Hundreds of schools and organizations are closed. CLICK HERE for the full list of closings. Remember to refresh the page for updates.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's 511 road conditions map lists major highways in our area as snow covered.

Menasha Police said officials in Winnebago County responded to 116 "vehicle-weather incidents" within a 12-hour period. That includes crashes, vehicles in ditches and vehicles getting stuck. They're calling it the Winnebago Wreck-O-Meter.

"Please stay off the roads if possible. Drifting is making many roads impassable," the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook. "Plows are out but need time to clear the roads. We are taking multiple calls of cars stuck in the middle of the road."

Police in Altoona, near Eau Claire, ran out of patience for drivers who think they are invincible.

In a scathing Facebook post, Altoona Police said,

"A little hint for those with 4WD/AWD. These drive systems are designed to HELP with traction not create it for you. You still need to slow down when the roads are bad. Because if you don’t slow down the only thing 4WD/AWD will do for you is drive you deeper into the ditch.

And for the the love of God please don’t tell us they need to salt the road when we just watched you driving too fast right before you lost control. Salt just helps melt the ice it does not fix stupidity."

The City of Appleton says crews are working on the main and secondary roads, and it "may be awhile before a pass is made through residential streets."

The Green Bay Department of Public Works says snow plows will be out "all day/night."

As always, remember to turn on your headlights. It's one of the most common requests we get from Action 2 News viewers.

If you go into a ditch, what do you do? The Egg Harbor Fire Department says you should stay in your vehicle with your seat belt on until help arrives.

"If you must exit your vehicle try to do so on the opposite side of traffic and please stay clear of the roadway," the department said in a Facebook post.

Law enforcement agencies adopted the phrase "snow means slow" after dozens of vehicles went into ditches on Monday.

"Fifteen cars in the ditch on 41 from Brown Road to Lineville. No these are not legal parking spaces. Let’s do our best to keep it between the white lines tomorrow (if you cant see them just use your imagination)," Suamico Police posted on Facebook. "If you MUST venture out, remember, snow means slow."

Remember to allow plenty of space for snow plow drivers. The DOT recommends staying 200 feet behind working plows.

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StormCenter 2 Meteorologist Jenny Curtiss recommends packing a winter car kit. She has water, snacks, a blanket, boots, hand warmers, a flashlight, a scraper and an expandable shovel.

It's a great time to download the free StormCenter 2 On the Go app for your smartphone. It features interactive radar with 18 layer options. CLICK HERE to learn more.