Winter Weather Roadside Dangers
Roads remained slippery on Monday in the Midwest, following a snowstorm that left thousands of homes and businesses out of the sky and hampered air travel. At least 18 deaths were attributed to the ice and snowstorm that hit the region over the weekend, causing clutches of cars that closed road sections in the plains. Conditions improved Monday and the sun shone in most of the area, but authorities warned that the roads were still dangerous. Northwest Wisconsin roads still had slippery stretches on Monday, said Linda Luhman of the Highway Patrol. “We have not had any major accidents, some slips, and minor injuries, but no serious or deadly injuries,” he said. Dane County Police Sgt. Tim Elve said, “Roads are not so ice-covered, but we still tell people not to drive unless they have to.” The interstate is still slippery and Rural roads are really messed up. ” Authorities urged travelers to stay at home on Sunday but feared people would be driving Monday to reach their Christmas Eve parties. “I know we’re at the holidays, but I expect people to use common sense when they travel,” said Sgt. Chad Breuer of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department in southwest Wisconsin. The storm punished Colorado and Wyoming on Friday, then poured snow and ice from Texas to Wisconsin on Saturday. On Sunday, snow fell over most of Wisconsin, eastern Minnesota and parts of Michigan and Indiana. The storm swept toward the sea on Monday, but its weakened winds of 25 miles per hour (25 miles per hour) gathered moisture from Lake Erie to create a snow effect in Buffalo, New York. Forecasters predicted 13 to 25 centimeters (5 to 10 inches) of snow there and elsewhere in western New York by Tuesday morning. The wind was blowing at about 141 mph (88 mph) on Lake Michigan, with bursts ranging from 80 to 109 kph (50 to 68 mph) in the Chicago region, according to the National Weather Service.