Snow sends cars into ditches, closes schools and government offices

The early Monday morning snow accumulation that hit Racine County and all of southeast Wisconsin brought a bit of chaos with it.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office responded to more than a dozen vehicles that ended up in ditches overnight. Deputies also made an arrest for a person Operating While Intoxicated.

Sheriff’s investigators are also is currently gathering more information about a property damage accident involving a plow truck in the Burlington area. No injuries were reported as a result of this accident and damage to the vehicles are minimal.

“Our office would like to remind motorists to allow extra time for travel and be cautious when encountering snow plows, law enforcement vehicles, and other emergency vehicles during this storm,” said a release from the Racine County Sheriff’s Department. “Please slow down, move over if able, and be alert to their activities.”

Snow will continue

“Light snow and freezing rain is impacting southern Wisconsin,” reports the National Weather Service. “This will transition to light snow with less than 1 inch expected. Up to 3-5 inches are expected toward Sheboygan. Gusty winds will cause drifting on roads this afternoon.”

To help the City of Racine public works department with snow removal operations, officials have issued a snow emergency that started at midnight and continues through noon Monday. Residents are not allowed to park on either side of the city’s arterial and collector streets, and all cars must be parked on the even side of all local streets.

“Vehicles parked in violation of these restrictions will be ticketed, and subject to towing,” according to a press release by the City. “Parking restrictions during this period will allow crews to remove as much snow as possible from city’s streets.”

See City of Racine Snow Emergency regulations.

As previously announced, all Gateway Technical College Campuses and Racine Unified Schools are closed today.
Racine City Hall and Annex are also closed Monday. The Racine Public Library is closed as well.

The Caledonia Village Hall is closed today and a Plan Commission Meeting scheduled for Monday evening has been canceled. It will be rescheduled, according to a release from the Village.

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