MILWAUKEE – A winter storm warning for southeast Wisconsin will run from Thursday through Saturday morning, likely to complicate vacation travel for many people.
We’ll have to see exactly how hard we get hit. But the main advice from the National Weather Service (NWS) remains the same for hazardous winter weather: Just stay off the roads.
However, if you must travel, the NWS recommends having adequate emergency supplies on hand.
Some of the basic items, recommended by FEMA, include a cell phone and charger, a first aid kit, jumper cables, water and snacks, a flashlight, a full tank of gas, blankets, a shovel, an ice scraper, and a snow brush . Flares, tire chains or snow tires, a tow rope, and a bag of sand as well.
On Wednesday night, we stopped by Wisconsin’s famous Pine Cone Travel Plaza to chat with the drivers and see if they were prepared.
Sparta’s Vic Fulford said he’s been caught in a storm before.
“I’ve ridden in a couple of bad situations,” he said. “It is not smart”.
Fulford plans to weather the storm at his home in Sparta. But he said his truck is pretty well loaded, including tow ropes and blankets, if he needs to drive and gets stranded.
Another driver, Hayley Harder, had quite a few items in her car, including a charger, first aid kit, jumper cables, scraper and water.
“I just have to take it easy,” Harder said. “I feel that sometimes there is a lot of talking at the beginning [about the weather]so we have to wait until the day comes and like I said, take it easy.”
She said she plans to wait until the plows are out before traveling on Friday or Saturday.
Kelly Logan, looking at the pineapple on his way to the Dells from Milwaukee, said he wasn’t too worried about being prepared, that he wasn’t putting himself in any kind of situation.
“I’m an artist, so I work outside the home. I don’t have to go out and I’m not even going to try to go out,” Logan said.
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