State Weather Round-up: Southeast part of state expected to get more snowWisconsin Weather
-- Wisconsin’s largest city is finally under a winter storm warning for the first time all winter.
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin’s largest city is finally under a winter storm warning for the first time all winter.
Milwaukee expects 6-to-8 inches of snow starting late this afternoon and into tonight. Madison will get about the same. The southeast half of Wisconsin is expected to get at least some snow. The northwest half will be dry, after many places in that region got a foot-of-snow or more on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The National Weather Service says the heaviest snows tonight will be in the counties between Madison and Milwaukee southward to the Illinois line. Three-to-five inches are expected close to that zone, in places like Baraboo and Darlington. East-central Wisconsin also expects some major snow today with 6-to-8 inches along Lake Michigan from Door County southward, and 3-to-5 inches in Green Bay and the Fox Valley. Winds could gust up to 30-miles-an-hour during the storm, and it’s all supposed to head east late tonight.
At least one person was killed as the direct result of this week’s snowstorm in the northern half of Wisconsin. Marinette County sheriff’s deputies blame poor road conditions for a two-vehicle crash that killed 16-year-old Dillon Chaney of Marinette. He was driving south on Highway 180 near Porterfield on Wednesday when his car slid out of control, crossed a center line, and hit a pick-up truck head-on. Three others in the car were injured, along with the truck driver – who just happened to be the father of one of those in the auto. A 16-year-old Peshtigo girl had serious injuries, and the other three were treated at Green Bay hospital and later released. One of those three was 40-year-old Chad Leisner of Porterfield, whose 16-year-old son Trevor also had lesser injuries while riding in the car.
State officials are warning people to keep their hands out of their snow-blowers. That’s after seven men in the Eau Claire area suffered major hand injuries this week, while unclogging wet heavy snow from their machines. Four of the victims needed surgery – and three had at least one finger partially-or-completely amputated. The Mayo Health System in Eau Claire treated all seven men. Spokesman Paul Meznarich said the hospital normally gets one-or-two snow-blower injuries in the average winter – and seven in one day is really unusual. Authorities say people should always turn off their clogged snow-blowers, and then use a broom or stick instead of their hands to dislodge the snow.