Governor declares weather emergency
MADISON -- Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency and alerted state agencies in response to the incoming winter storm.
Heavy snowfall and strong winds are expected Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for much of the southern half of the state, including Rock, Green, Dane and Jefferson counties. Walworth County and other areas to the east are under a winter storm warning.
“I issued this executive order to make sure Wisconsin is prepared for whatever this winter storm may bring,” Walker said in a news release.
The Wisconsin State Patrol and the National Weather Service are urging that people avoid travel. State emergency operations centers will open at 8 p.m. Wednesday as Wisconsin’s emergency status is changed to Level 3. Level 4 is the status for normal conditions. The change will mark the first stage of activation for Wisconsin Emergency Management.