Snow could affect roads Friday afternoon for southern Wis.
Motorists getting out of town this weekend are advised to drive carefully and plan ahead as the season's first major snowfall is expected to hit parts of southern Wisconsin Friday, Dec. 8.
Flurries are expected to begin in southern and eastern parts of the state Friday afternoon, with higher snowfall totals toward Lake Michigan. Wisconsin Department of Transportation warns of snow-covered roads and limited visibility.
The transportation department encourages motorists to check the National Weather Service, www.weather.gov, before venturing out on roadways.
DOT offers the following winter driving tips:
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights before driving.
- Go slow. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows.
- Use brakes carefully. Brake early. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
- Watch for slippery bridge decks, even when the rest of the pavement is in good condition.
- Don't get overconfident in your 4x4 vehicle.
- Don't use your cruise control in wintry conditions.
To receive up-to-date information prior to travel, use 511 Wisconsin, the state’s 24/7/365 travel information service. 511 Wisconsin is available by visiting www.511wi.gov, accessing the free smartphone app, checking @511WI on Twitter, or calling 5-1-1.