Hazardous travel and harsh wind chills

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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WBAY) – The outlook for severe weather is high Friday, with strong WNW winds.

Snowdrifts are a serious hazard for drivers. In some cases, it will be a white-out state.

Click here for the first alert forecast.

“Winds also blow through open country and pick up our newly fallen snow. We’re on the verge of a blizzard in New York City.I don’t recommend traveling unless it’s absolutely necessary.If you decide to drive today, have a disaster kit ready in case you get stuck,” said First Alert’s chief meteorologist. Scholar Steve Beylon says.

Click here for the full list of closures and delays

A map from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows that all highways in Wisconsin are slippery.

In Green Lake County, County Route A from County Route K to State Route 44 is closed due to a snow emergency. The sheriff’s office says it will likely be closed for most of the day.

“We strongly advise you to stay off the road today. There are already several vehicles buried in the ditch. If you must venture, slow down and drive safely,” the security said. Read the official statement.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for our area.

“Snow, blizzard, drifting snow, light breeze chill. 1 to 2 inches of additional snow accumulation. Winds as high as 50 mph. Winds will drop to minus 15 to 25 degrees,” the warning appears.

“Moving around can be very difficult, especially in open areas. The combination of wind and cold can frostbite exposed skin in just 15 minutes.”

A towing ban has been issued for all Interstate 41 and State Route 441 in Outagamie County.

The ban will be in place until at least Saturday morning as we face a possible snowstorm.

“Vehicles that are not in imminent danger will not be towed off the highway until conditions improve and the ban is lifted,” said Lt. Nathan Borman of the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department.

Bowman says people are encouraged not to travel during this time.

Click here to download the free First Alert Weather app.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation warns that conditions may be “too difficult” for tow companies to help stranded or disabled vehicles.

“Standing on the highway can be dangerous for motorists as sub-zero wind chill is expected,” reads the DOT statement.

“Don’t underestimate this storm. I encourage you to seriously reconsider whether you do,” says Tim Carnahan of the Wisconsin Patrol.

Strong winds can cause numerous power outages across the region. Plan ahead in case you lose power.

The utility recommends building a kit with the following items:

  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • Bottled water — 0.5 gallons per person per day
  • first aid kit
  • Portable charging pack for cell phones and mobile devices
  • Specialties for infants, the elderly, and families with disabilities

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