Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency Wednesday for the entire state ahead of Thursday’s expected winter storm.
According to the National Weather Service, Door County is expected to get light freezing rain Thursday morning. Snow and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon. Snow accumulation up to 1-inch is expected. Temperatures in the mid-30s and wind gusts between 10 to 35 mph are also expected. The wind, snow and rain are likely to go into the night.
The executive order will ready the Wisconsin Emergency Management, Wisconsin National Guard, Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources, and Wisconsin State Patrol.
“This executive order ensures we are prepared for this potentially dangerous winter storm which is expected to bring heavy snow and ice,” Walker said. “We don’t want to leave anything to chance when it comes to the safety of Wisconsin citizens.”
ReadyWisconsin and the DOT are warning people to limit travel. If you must travel allow extra time for driving and have at least a half tank of gas. People should also have an emergency weather survival kit in their vehicle and pick up supplies for their home. To check road conditions call 511 or go to www.511wi.gov,
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