Winter storm warning and snow emergency issued

Storm conditions expected to start Sunday night

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Up to 14 inches of snow, a deep freeze, and wind gusts up to 30 mph will grip southeastern Wisconsin starting Sunday night.

A snow emergency and winter storm warning have been declared by Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave because extreme weather conditions are expected starting Sunday night and continuing through the week. The City of Racine is also warning residents that a snow emergency will be in effect from midnight Sunday to noon Monday. The Racine Unified School District has also called off school for Monday.

“This means that all District schools and buildings will be closed and all after school activities are also canceled. RUSD staff should refer to their staff email for additional information,” the alert state.

A heavy snowstorm is expected to dump up to 14 inches of snow on the area starting at 9 p.m. Sunday night through 6 p.m. Monday night. The highest accumulations are expected north of Milwaukee, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts up to 30 mph will likely cause blowing, drifting and low visibility conditions.

“These conditions will significantly impact area roadways and non-essential travel during this heavy snow event is discouraged,” according to a press release by officials from Racine County.  “Additionally, the National Weather Service is forecasting subzero temperatures and dangerously low wind chill values Tuesday through Friday.”

County officials make recommendations

Several deaths from shoveling and exposure to the elements have been reported in southeastern Wisconsin this year. If you need to be outside or are traveling, please consider the following:

  • Travelers need to allow for extra time.
  • Be mindful of snow plows, law enforcement vehicles, and other emergency vehicles during this
    declaration of emergency. Slow down, move over if able, and be alert to their activities.
  • Have emergency items in their vehicles, including winter clothing, hats, gloves, blankets, hand warmers, a shovel, a flashlight, a cell phone charger, and other necessary items.
  • Should your vehicle become stuck or disabled, these items will be valuable until help arrives.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors and check on them to make sure they are not
    unnecessarily exposed to these dangerous conditions.

City of Racine issues snow emergency

To help the City of Racine public works department with snow removal operations, officials have issued a snow emergency from midnight Sunday through noon on Monday.

That means 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.”

Click on the link to see a map of the restricted snow emergency locations.

Here’s what else is closed Monday:
Gateway Technical College

WWBIC

Educator’s Credit Union

City of Racine: City Hall and Annex (Police, Fire/EMS, and Public Works will keep essential city services running during inclement weather.)


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