With the first major winter storm of the season expected for much of southern and eastern parts the state this week, ReadyWisconsin encourages everyone to review their winter weather plans and make sure they are prepared.

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts a winter storm will move into Wisconsin Monday night, bringing snowfalls that could last through Wednesday morning. The NWS says at least 4-8 inches of snow could fall on parts of southern Wisconsin, while eastern and central portions of the state could see 4 inches of snow or more.

Weather forecasts can change quickly. Stay informed about current and expected weather conditions by following your local NWS office and other trusted sources for updates, such as a local news station. Get a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio and use it to get updates.

Heavy snowfall could lead to dangerous conditions on the roads. If you have travel plans, check road conditions before you head out by using 511 Wisconsin. This information for most major roadways in the state, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, is accessible through the free 511WI mobile app, on X, or the mobile-friendly site https://www.511wi.gov.

ReadyWisconsin encourages everyone to stay safe and prepare by taking the following actions:

  • Make sure you have fully stocked emergency kits in your home and your vehicle. Home kits should include items like non-perishable food, fresh water, and a first aid kit. Vehicle kits should also have extra hats and gloves, blankets, an ice scraper, snow shovel, and kitty litter or sand to give you traction in case you get stuck in the snow. Find tips on what to include in your kit at https://readywisconsin.wi.gov/make-a-kit/.
  • To help protect yourself in your vehicle, remain distraction-free while driving and adjust your speed for current conditions.
  • If you get stuck while traveling, remain with your vehicle if it’s safe to do so and contact 9-1-1. Give police a description of your location and wait for help to arrive.
  • Be prepared for power outages. Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs. Keep mobile devices fully charged and keep gas tanks full. Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for essential health care devices that are powered by electricity and refrigerated medications.
  • Bring your pets indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
  • After the snow ends, give road crews room to work. In addition to clearing snow from driveways and walkways, check external vents on your home for blockages. If you have a fire hydrant on your property, clear the snow so there’s at least three feet of open space around it.

For more tips on getting ready for winter weather, visit the ReadyWisconsin website at https://readywisconsin.wi.gov/be-informed/winter-storms/. You can also follow ReadyWisconsin on Facebook, Instagram, and X for tips throughout the winter months and updates on dangerous weather conditions.