ROCK COUNTY (WIFR) -- A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Rock County from 6:00 pm Saturday until 6:00 pm Sunday as we prepare for several inches of heavy snow to span across Rock County. At this time, the National Weather Service in Sullivan has also extended the Freezing Rain Advisory until 6:00 pm tonight.
Snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches are possible and Janesville is currently expected to see the highest amounts. Travel could be difficult especially Sunday morning as the snow is expected to fall very quickly between 1:00 am and 8:00 am. Forecasts show Interstate 90 being significantly impacted overnight as snowfalls are expected to exceed an inch per hour between these hours. Use caution in travels on Interstate 90 during these times.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens to be prepared as this winter storm approaches. Consider the following tips as you prepare for tomorrow night’s snowstorm:
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle. You want to include snack foods, water, extra clothes and blankets, flashlights and extra batteries, first aid kits, cell phone chargers for the vehicle, even a small shovel. Have items in your kit for every person in your vehicle.
- Check travel conditions before you head out. Call 511 or go to www.511wi.gov for the latest road conditions.
- Prepare supplies for your home. Depending on the road conditions, you may have to stay in if it becomes unsafe for travel. Be sure to have an emergency kit ready for your home with extra food that can be stored and consumed without electricity. Also, be sure to have extra drinking water, flashlights, batteries, and necessary medications on hand. For a complete list, check out Ready Wisconsin at www.readywisconsin.wi.gov .
- This snow is forecasted to be heavy and wet, which can plug up snow blowers. Be extra careful removing snow from snow blowers. Remember:
* Disengage the clutch
* Wait five seconds after shutting off the snow blower to allow the blades to stop rotating
* Always use a stick or broom handle to loosen impacted snow
* Never put your hand down the exit chute or around any blades. Last year, several people in Wisconsin were injured when removing snow from their snow blower.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor this winter storm system and provide updates as conditions develop.