Team Coverage: Roads slick in southeast Wisconsin, many readying for snow
SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- People across southeast Wisconsin will be digging out of the snow Saturday morning.
CBS 58 has received several reports of crashes in four counties. So far, there have been ten reported accidents, mainly spin-outs in Milwaukee County. In Racine County, authorities responded to 32 snow-related crashes, stuck or stalled vehicles, and vehicles in the ditch. The Racine County Sheriff's Office says they responded to 10 of those 32 incidents, with most happening before 6:00 p.m. Friday.
In Waukesha County, there have been 20 snow-related crashes. In Kenosha County, there have been four reported incidents.
People in Racine and Kenosha could see the most snow.
On Highway 31 in Mount Pleasant, roads were snow-covered and slippery. The Racine County Sheriff's Office was busy with calls of crashes and people going into ditches. A sergeant says they have extra people out on patrol Friday night. The biggest problem they're seeing is people driving too fast for conditions.
Since December 1, most areas have received less than two inches of snow. Because of the unusual winter, the salt supply in Kenosha is high. As for drivers, they hope people on the roads take the poor conditions seriously.
"Every time we have snow like this, people forget how to drive and people think they can take it the way they normally do, but you can't...too slippery," said driver Liz Barthel.
Milwaukee says they're prepared for the snow.
The city says they've been watching the forecasts and prepared workers on Thursday. It could take 48 hours to clear the streets. Once the snow started, salt trucks hit the street, right as Friday night celebrations began. The city is still out salting. DPW says plowing will start once 3-4 inches have fallen.
Milwaukee's Department of Public Works says they will likely issue a snow operation Saturday. That means alternate side parking rules would go into effect at 11 p.m. Saturday night until 6 a.m. Sunday. If you can't find a spot on the street, spots are available at some MPS locations. For more information, please click here.
In Waukesha, the snow didn't stop people from hanging out in downtown Friday night. Although the snow made roads and sidewalks slick, the biggest complaint was how cold snow can be.
Kids we spoke with said they are going to take advantage of the snow and go sledding this weekend.