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LIVE UPDATES: Snowstorm Hitting the Area

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Updated 7:26 p.m.

Check out closure information in the following counties:

Snow-related Closure Information in Waukesha County

Snow-related Closure Information in Ozaukee County

Snow-related Closure Information in Milwaukee County

Snow-related Closure Information in Racine County

Click here for WISN closings and here for the TMJ4 closings. To check if there are power outages near you, take a look at the We Energies map. Also, to check click here to check flights from Mitchell International.

 

Updated 7:25 p.m.

Per Bayside Police: Head-on collission at Port Washington Road just south of County Line Road. No injuries. Car spun out ahead of the other vehicle. Then another car swerved to avoid the first, but slid across and into the Northbound lane of traffic.

Updated 6:04 p.m.

Living Lake Country is reporting a five-vehicle accident in Menomonee Falls at Town Line and Schlei.

Updated 5:11 p.m.

A few delays and cancellations coming from Mitchell International. If you plan on flying out tonight make sure to call ahead of time.

Gateway Technical and Mount Mary College closed for the evening. 

Updated 5:02 p.m.

Viewers have been sharing snow accumulation with WISN. Here is how it's looking so far:

  • Greenfield: 5.0"
  • Waukesha: 2.5"
  • New Berlin: 3.5"
  • Kenosha: 5.0"
  • Pleasant Prairie: 6.5"

Updated 4:57 p.m.

A Tweet from @ShorewoodLearns: The show will go on! All after-school activities, including tonight's 7 p.m. Godspell performance will go on as scheduled. Safe travels!

Updated 4:52 p.m.

WISN reports about 35 minor accidents reported in Racine County.

Updated 4:45 p.m.

Regency Mall in Racine will close at 5 p.m. Bayshore Mall in Glendale remains open, reports WISN.

Patch Editor Denise Lockwood reports a car in a ditch on 6 Mile Road in Caledonia. Police only have one lane partially blocked. 

Updated 4:20 p.m.

WISN reports:

3"-5" inches of snow in Southern Milwaukee area, such as Oak Creek, Greenfield and Greendale.

"5-"7 inches of snow in Racine area. Mount Pleasant has seen about 4" inches of snow.

Updated: 4:07 p.m.

About 200 flights out of Chicago O'Hare have been cancelled, reports WISN. Mitchell International tweets that flights are flying on normal schedule. 

No closures are being reported out of Port Washington and Saukville area.

Updated 3:59 p.m.

Note: WISN12 will have closures scrolling on the bottom of the screen.

Closings:

  • Greenfield and Whitnall have canceled after-school activities.
  • Alverno College campus is closing at 4 p.m.
  • Curves locations are closed.
  • The Prairie School: All after school activities, including athletics, have been cancelled.
  • Wells Bros. Pizza is closing tonight.
  • The Greater Racine Kennel Club will not have classes tonight
  • Racine Public Library is closing today at 3:30pm.  Tonight's program will be rescheduled. All materials due at the main library today will now be due tomorrow, February 8, 2013; all materials due at the Mobile Library today will now be due next Thursday, February 14, 2013.
  • Brookfield Christian School is cancelling Open House & Ice Cream Social tonight, as well as all after school activities. Families planning to register can drop off forms any time next week, and to schedule a tour or for more info can emailjbaker@brookfieldchristian.org.
  • Cardinal Stritch University Main Campus, City Center and Brookfield sites will close at 4:15 pm Feb 7. All evening classes at these locations canceled.

3:47 p.m.

Another traffic update, @TotalTrafficMKE tweeted that the shoulder on US-41 southbound is blocked at 124th.

Update 3:30 p.m.

@TotalTrafficMKE tweeted that the shoulder is blocked on I-43 Northbound at Howard Ave due to an accident.

Due to weather conditions the Oak Creek Library will be closing early at 6 p.m. on Thursday and will re-open at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Despite the weather, Ozaukee County dispatch is reporting no accidents. 

Update 3:23 p.m.

Patch Editor Sarah Millard reports there have been five accidents in the City of Waukesha between 1:40 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Milwaukee County has 34 power outages and Racine county has 17, according to WE Energies.

Update 3:18 p.m.

Patch editor says North Avenue exit on Hwy 45 going northbound is closed. Nearby going southbound, a cargo truck is pulled to the side holding up traffic. 

Updated 3:03 p.m.

WISN says it will be snowing at least till 8 p.m. when it might turn to flurries. Also, Racine County seems to be getting bulk of snow. 

The right lane on I-94 EB at Barker Rd was blocked off, according to a Tweet from @TotalTrafficMKE 25 minutes ago. It's been stop and go traffic from Springdale Road in Delafield with a delay of 3 minutes.

Updated 2:57 p.m.

Check out closure in information the following counties:

Snow-related Closure Information in Waukesha County

Snow-related Closure Information in Ozaukee County

Snow-related Closure Information in Milwaukee County

Snow-related Closure Information in Racine County

Updated 2:49 p.m.

All after-school activities for Racine Unified schools are canceled. 

Click here for WISN closings and here for the TMJ4 closings. To check if there are power outages near you, take a look at the We Energies map.

Updated 2:43 p.m.

Greenfield Police say there has been six crashes and two spin outs with no injuries within the last hour.

Mark Benish, Mount Pleasant Public Works Director, says:

Trucks were out early salting to help with the slippery layer under the snow, then came back to the shop; went back out at 1 p.m. and expect to be out until 7 or 8 p.m., then again around 1 or 2 a.m. after the snow stops around midnight.

Drivers are reporting very slippery conditions because of the sleet we got before the snow. It's very hard to keep up with the snow when it falls this fast.

Updated 2:32 p.m.

There is a Winter Storm Warning that will remain in effect until midnight tonight.

Periods of moderate and heavy snow will continue through the remainder of the afternoon and into the evening with a snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches snow by 6 p.m., Patch Media partners WISN is reported.  

The storm is expected to total 4 to 7 inches.



Joe Blow February 07, 2013 at 09:06 PM
OH no what are we going to do!!!-lol
Rita Hahn February 07, 2013 at 09:11 PM
stay in your yard and build a snowman, or a snow fort, men vs women snowball fight!
scot February 07, 2013 at 10:16 PM
That is Brilliant!
Rita Hahn February 07, 2013 at 10:33 PM
i think it would be fun, men vs ladies snow ball fight! Bring it on!
Sunrocket February 08, 2013 at 12:31 AM
What I love about winter is all the jerks that drive like it is 80 degrees and dry out and have no respect for those of us that choose to be cautious. I have had 3 days of some really inconsiderate driving.
Dirk Gutzmiller February 08, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Sunrocket - My gripe is the opposite, the overly cautious driver that inconsiderately backs up a long line of traffic behind him/her. There is always that old, very slow person of any age that needs to get out at the height of the storm at rush hour and get bread and milk so they are stocked up for the storm, even though they don't even consume bread and milk.. Stay in or take public transportation
Sunrocket February 08, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Well Dirk - nothing like making assumptions. What is wrong with being overly cautious? I am far from old and not normally slow. I actually have/had places to go other than milk and bread. It was also far from rush hour 6 amish and noonish with the exception of today which was later. Trust me I would love to stay in rather than drive near pompous self important fools like you.
Cricket February 08, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Dirk gutzmiller = cyberbully. Wow.
Secret February 08, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Everybody needs to slow the eff down. Geeze. Would it really kill you to be a couple minutes late somewhere or - God forbid - you leave a few minutes early? And lay off the old people. I'm not old (44) but do drive slow & cautious. I do not want to be stuck in a ditch (or worse) out in the county. Side note - I swear Hwy V and 4 Mile Roads are the worst in Caledonia and I have no alternative to those streets. Ugh.
FL Born February 08, 2013 at 02:43 PM
i'd like to stick my two cents in on the matter. I have to drive about 10 miles to and from work 7:30a.m to 5:30p.m. M-F. I am a tax payer and don't have the luxory of welfare and those suckin' off the system to stay home in my p.j. and watch Dr. Phil. I see plenty of 'bad drivers' any given day of the week on every kind of road conditions. What I find interesting is the high percentage of drivers who choose NOT to use their Head lights when the weather is bad enough to where you need windshield wipers?!? Or they have 3-4 inches of snow on their car and only scrape off a small hole to see out the front window?? But, the best one is the 'mocho man' who has to drive 10 over the speed limit when the roads are bad just to show they are not going to respect any other driver out there!! Yes, there are plenty who drive 'too slow' and that may be for a lot of different reasons. I agree that is also dangerous, BUT they are not likely the ones to cause an accident! It's the ones driving way to fast, switching in and out of traffic as they throw road crap on your car AND, my most favorite, are those who have to drive right on your tail!!
Sunrocket February 08, 2013 at 02:58 PM
I believe that would our friend Dirk - We all know "Dirk" the guy that know's it all, has done it all, better than everyone else. He's the guy at the cocktail party that won't shut up and has everyone held hostage with his verbose conversation. We all roll our eyes behind his back and feel sorry for his wife or girlfriend and are so glad we don't have to be the one that goes home with him, especially if it is snowing out because we know one of these days he is going to end up in a ditch eating crow.
Secret February 08, 2013 at 03:33 PM
FLBorn/Sunrocket - loved your comments. I also work f/t (7am-4pm). I typically leave my house by 6:30 - but guess what - I've been leaving at 6am just to avoid the Dirks cuz i know they aren't on the road yet. And I agree, there are plenty of idiot drivers on any given day for various reasons - the headlights not being on and/or those not using their turn signals. Crucial in this weather. I'm not a slow driver - unless it is called for. Hello - 9" of snow calls for it.
Heather in Caledonia February 08, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I wanted to send a big Shout Out to the snow plow drivers! We had the plow pass 3 times before 9:00 PM and they came again overnight. Our street is in great shape! (One was even nice enough to honk when my youngest waved. :) ) Some of my friends in Oak Creek and the city of Racine didn't even see one pass before 9:00 PM. Great job, folks!
Caledonia Retiree February 08, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Racine County does to a really good job of plowing. I live on a "county road" (according to the post office) and by the time the sun came up this morning it was plowed and salted. The only time I can remember being "snowed in" after over 20 years of living in Caledonia was two years ago after the Groundhog Day blizzard.

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