UPDATE: While deputies continue responding to weather related calls-for-service, the Sheriff’s Office, in anticipation of this afternoon’s peak travel time, is reminding motorists that most roadways remain slippery. Steadily dropping temperatures and an increasing west wind will compound existing conditions.
As of 1:20 p.m., deputies recorded 6 accidents, 21 run-offs, and several incidental calls related to inclement weather.
Motorists are encouraged to limit or avoid travel; if traveling is necessary, allow for extra time and drive cautiously. In addition to these measures, motorists and their occupants are strongly encouraged to employ the following winter driving tips:
• Carry food and hydration products
• Bring extra clothing or blankets
• Equip vehicle with a flashlight, shovel, and bag of salt/sand
• Have communication devices with numbers for tow providers uploaded
• Full tank of gas
• Knowledge of location – if becoming stranded
• Slow down and wear safety restraints
ROCK COUNTY (WIFR) -- Rock County is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6:00 p.m. this evening. According to the National Weather Service, Rock County will experience blowing snow due to northwest winds anticipated to reach as high as 30 mph, with heaviest snow amounts occurring between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Total snow accumulations are anticipated to reach anywhere from 3 to 6 inches.
At approximately 8:00 a.m., deputies began responding to vehicle accidents and run- offs due to poor visibility and slippery conditions. As of 9:20 a.m., deputies had either responded to or were in the process of responding to 4 accidents and 6 run-offs. Motorists are encouraged to limit travel and drive with extreme caution, as worsening weather conditions will impede travel.