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Heading south? Winter weather could affect Friday afternoon commute

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Season’s first major snowfall expected for southern Wisconsin

As the season’s first major snowfall is anticipated to hit southern Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) reminds motorists to be cautious and plan ahead.

With snowfall already affecting parts of northern Wisconsin, flurries are expected to spread Friday afternoon to the southern and eastern parts of the state with higher amounts toward Lake Michigan. This could lead to snow covered roads and limited visibility.

For the latest weather information, motorists are encouraged to check National Weather Service forecasts at http://www.weather.gov, prior to travel.

If driving, please use the following tips:

· Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights before driving.

· Go slow. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.

· Leave plenty of room for stopping.

· Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows.

· Use brakes carefully. Brake early. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.

· Watch for slippery bridge decks, even when the rest of the pavement is in good condition.

· Don’t get overconfident in your 4×4 vehicle.

· Don’t use your cruise control in wintry conditions.

To receive up-to-date information prior to travel, use 511 Wisconsin, the state’s 24/7/365 travel information service. 511 Wisconsin is available by visiting http://www.511wi.gov, accessing the free smartphone app, checking @511WI on Twitter, or calling 5-1-1.

Always put safety first; never access 511 information while driving.

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