Lake Effect Snow Advisory expires in Racine and Kenosha Counties

Lake Effect Snow Advisory expires in Racine and Kenosha Counties

By The WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jan 19, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 20, 2012

Friday, 9:13 p.m.

A Lake Effect Snow Advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday for Racine and Kenosha Counties. 2 to 4 inches of snow expected.

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

"Road Warrior" Traffic Reporter Caitlin Morrall reports an accident on I-94/I-43 southbound at Howard Ave.  She reports it's slow going through that area.  Despite that accident she reports things are really improving, though.

Friday, 6:57 p.m.

According to Storm Team 4Caster John Malan, he expects 2 to 3 more inches of snow in our general area from Waukesha north to West Bend.  He projects only an inch or a little more than an inch to our north. 3 to 4 inches closer to the border and right now still cold.

His latest temperatures include 5 below in Waukesha, 6 below in Beaver Dam, 8 below in Fond du Lac, right around 2 in Milwaukee.

According to Malan, so the snow is winding down, most of it will be gone over the next couple of hours, and very, very light. and we're watching a really warm-up as a new big storm -- this is gonna be a huge low-pressure system.

Friday, 6:31 p.m.

"Road Warrior" Traffic Reporter Caitlin Morrall says she only has one reported accident on her screen right now.  That accident is at I-94 northbound at College Ave.

Friday, 6:24 p.m.

Linda Belonger, of Milwaukee, sent in a cute picture of her cat that loves to go outside in the snow.  His name is Fritter, nick name Fatty.

(Photo courtesy of Linda Belonger)

Friday, 6:02 p.m.

Storm Team 4Caster says that a burst of snow just blew through south Milwaukee.  He says there is "diminishing quickly" in southeast Wisconsin.  Malan says even though snowfall isn't that great, the roads are slick and that is causing problems. He projects light snow for this evening.  7 degrees is a projected overnight low in parts of southeast Wisconsin.

Friday, 5:31 p.m.

Kelly Kroneberg sent in a photo along I-94 near Highway F, seen below, of a plow on its side.

(Photo courtesy of TODAY'S TMJ4's Kelly Kroneberg)

Friday, 4:25 p.m.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Keller Russell is along I-94 near Hwy F on ramp to interstate and she can report seeing a semi truck in a ditch with a snow plow on its side.  She reports there are no injuries.  She projects that on ramp to be down for about another 45 minutes or so.

Authorities told her the semi driver was going too fast, lost control and collided with snow plow.

(Photo courtesy of TODAY'S TMJ4's Keller Russell)

You can see that video in our Associated Videos.

Friday, 3:57 p.m.

"Road Warrior" Traffic Reporter Caitlin Morrall tweets accident on I-94 westbound at Hwy F has the on ramp closed. There is a snowplow on its side at that entrance ramp.

Friday, 3:38 p.m.

"Road Warrior" Traffic Reporter Caitlin Morrall tweets that an accident on I-94 westbound at Hwy F sounds like it is a snow plow on its side and the on ramp is actually open.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Keller Russell reports that traffic on I-94 is moving very slow, around 20mph.

Friday, 2:50 p.m.

TODAY'S TMJ4 reports that a semi-truck that rolled onto its side blocking the southbound lane.

Friday, 2:20 p.m.

Road conditions are deteriorating. TODAY'S TMJ4's Susan Kim reports dicey conditions on I-43 near the Marquette Interchange.

Friday, 1:50, p.m.

Since the snow began, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office has responded to 23 crashes.

Friday, 1:30 p.m.

A Lamborghini spotted in the snow in Mequon!

(Photo courtesy of Mike Brennan)

Friday, 1:23 p.m.

KeeWee the Husky is enjoying the fresh snowfall. 

(Photo courtesy of Dawn Radke)

Friday, 12:15 p.m.

According to Storm Team forecaster Brian Gotter, we'll see "snow the rest of the afternoon and evening with highs in the teens and a light breeze.  Expect about 2-4" of snow by 6pm and an additional 1-2" up until midnight with the higher totals south of Milwaukee and less to the north.  Most of the area will receive 2-4" of snow by later this evening."

"With colder temperatures, road salt does not work as well so the roads will be slick today and tonight.  Lows tonight will be in the single digits above 0 near the lake and below zero west of Waukesha."

Friday, 11:05 a.m.

We're getting reports of spinouts and cars in the ditch around Milwaukee County.

Friday, 10:50 a.m.

Snow is now falling around southeast Wisconsin.

Friday, 9:00 a.m.
Snow has begun to fall in parts of Southeastern Wisconsin, and Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele says that we could reach as much as seven inches of snow in parts of our area from today's snowstorm.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for all of Southeastern Wisconsin until late Friday night.

"We're just starting to see some pockets of flurries flying around the air in the western sections of the area east of Madison, toward Jefferson and into Walworth Counties," said Steele. 

"The air still has to saturate at the surface across most of the rest of the area.  It will do so as we approach the noon hour."

Once that air saturation starts, so will the snowstorm.

"The snow will continue to work its way from west to east as we head through the mid-morning hours and approaching noontime, we'll start to see steadier snow in western sections of our area.  I think most of the afternoon is when the accumulation will occur."

If you have to drive home from work at your typical late afternoon departure time, you may have a dicey drive.

"This evening's commute could be rather troublesome when we start to see snow piling up at several inches," said Steele.

"For tonight, we'll start to see the snow diminish, but I think we'll continue to get some accumulation throughout the area as we head through the later evening hours.  It should taper off to flurries sometime between 10:00 p.m. and midnight, if not sooner than that."

Where will the biggest snow totals come?

"At this point, it looks like the greatest amounts will be close to the Illinois border, where there could be substantial accumulations of half a foot in Walworth and Kenosha Counties," said Steele.

8:46 a.m.
People flying through O'Hare airport today: you'd better watch whether your flight is even going off the ground.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that 280 flights had been canceled as of 7:30 a.m.

Here are links to O'Hare and Mitchell Airports' departure status pages.

(As of 8:46 a.m., three Mitchell flights had been delayed, but not necessarily due to weather.)

4:59 a.m.
As we wake up to temperatures hovering around the zero mark, we're preparing for a day where up to seven inches of snow could fall on Southeastern Wisconsin.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for all of Southeastern Wisconsin from mid-morning through the late evening.

"The starting times are a little different," explains Steele.

"Out to the west, it starts a little earlier, around 9:00-10:00 a.m.  Farther east, as the snow progresses, the winter weather advisory kicks in, including for the Milwaukee area at 11:00 a.m."

In other words, your drive to work Friday morning shouldn't be affected.

"The morning commute should be a piece of cake as far as the weather goes.  This snow looks to be developing as we go towards the mid-morning and early afternoon hours, picking up in intensity.  It could be moderate at times, as we head into the mid-afternoon."

By that time, many of you will be going home from work - which means you'll be driving through it.

"This evening's commute is the one we're going to have to keep a close eye on," warns Steele.

For those who like to enjoy going out on Friday, the snow's intensity should be a bit lighter through the night.

"It could continue into the early morning hours.  We may see an additional inch of accumulation, but we expect to see it taper off as we get into the evening.  Between nine and midnight, we'll start to see some flurries."

Steele tells us that the bigger snowfalls should come in the southern part of southeastern Wisconsin.

"The forecast still seems on track for the heaviest snow totals to be close to the Illinois border.

For those who are worried about blowing and drifting snow, Steele does not have huge worries about that.

"There's not going to be a lot of wind to blow it around.  Initially, that's going to be some pretty good news.  There shouldn't be a lot of blowing and drifting, just kind of a steady snow-globe kind of snow.

Friday's Storm Team 4Cast from Brian Gotter
TODAY:    Cloudy and still cold with snow showers
        Accumulation until 6pm: 2"-5" possible
        Less to the north...more to the south of Milwaukee    
        High:    17
        Wind:  Light NE

TONIGHT:    Snow ending by midnight, then clearing and seasonally cold
        Accumulation: 1"        
        Low:    Lakefront: 11
        Wind:  N 5-10 mph

SATURDAY:    Partly to mostly cloudy and warmer
        Few flurries or snow showers possible    
        High:   24
        Wind:  NE/SE 5-10 mph

SAT NIGHT:    Mostly cloudy and warmer        
        Low:    21Lakefront...17 Waukesha
        Wind:  SE 10-15 mph

SUNDAY:    Cloudy, foggy, breezy and mild with a rain/freezing rain/snow mix possible        
        High:  38
        Wind: S 10-20 mph