Rock County Sheriff's Office issues travel warning
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary trips Tuesday and to give themselves extra time if they must venture out in the snowstorm that is expected to hit Tuesday morning.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement issued Monday afternoon that the forecast calls for the heaviest snow around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Rock County could get up to 10 inches of snow by Tuesday night.
“Give yourself extra time if you are heading out, and be very cautious of deteriorating road conditions during the storm. The snow will continue throughout the day, so travel will remain hazardous well through Tuesday night,” according to the statement.
The statement continues:
• Plan your travel for Tuesday and Wednesday and avoid any unnecessary trips. Anticipate delays and detours as the snow accumulates. If possible, run errands (Monday night) or hold off until after the storm stops and the roads have been cleared.
• Prepare your vehicle for travel. Pack extra items including first aid kits, water and batteries as needed. Don’t forget to bring your cell phone. Be sure to have enough fuel and windshield wiper fluid before Tuesday morning.
• No matter the weather, always wear your seatbelt and ensure that your passengers do so. Driving defensively, maintaining a safe speed, and keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you are essential to preventing accidents and runoffs.
• Remember that heavy snow can also lead to power outages. Prepare by having a supply of water, food and batteries in case of a power loss.
"The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping the community safe and informed during inclement weather. We will continue to monitor the weather and roadway conditions for the next 48-hours, providing updates as necessary. Please continue to follow local news reports for school closings and safety alerts as the storm approaches.
"For additional winter safety tips, please visit www.readywisconsin.wi.gov. Road conditions can be monitored at www.511wi.gov or by dialing 511."
For a list of area closings, visit WCLO's closings page.