Snowfalls of up to 1/2 foot making roads slippery
(AP/Gazette Staff) — A winter storm moving across southern Wisconsin has dumped up to a half-foot of snow in some areas, making roads slippery.
The Wisconsin State Patrol, DeForest post reports a large number of vehicle runoffs late this evening on Interstate 39/90.
Rock County 911 dispatch late Thursday reported no significant vehicle accidents, although a man in Janesville did slip and fall outside and injure his head, according to 911 scanner traffic.
Walworth County authorities night did not return phone calls from The Gazette this evening about weather and road conditions, but some fire and police agencies in Walworth County did respond to an apparent structure fire in Lake Geneva this evening.
Lake Geneva Fire Department, Elkhorn Fire Department and several other fire and police agencies responded to that fire, but authorities involved this evening did not return calls from The Gazette seeking details.
Snowfall totals have reached about 3 inches in downtown Janesville late this evening, although National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Townsend said Janesville could see upwards of 5 inches of snow by Friday morning, while eastern parts of Walworth county could get 8 inches of snow overnight.
Townsend said areas east of Walworth County could see 9 inches of snow by the time the storm moves on early Friday. He said that temperatures are expected to hit lows around 20 by morning. That could freeze up snowy roads.
He said driving conditions could be treacherous Friday morning, especially for people driving on rural or secondary roads.