FOX6 crew is witness to hit-and-run crash on snowy New Year's Day

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Snow caused problems across the Milwaukee area on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2014. A Lake Effect Snow Warning was in effect for Milwaukee and Racine counties, along with a Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Waukesha, Kenosha, Walworth, Washington, Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties. Snow was expected to continue through Thursday.

Snow was steady through the day on Wednesday -- and roads were slick. Crews responded to several accidents -- and a FOX6 News crew was witness to one such crash.

Six to nine inches (or more) of snow is possible in the Milwaukee area through Thursday evening. A steady west wind swept the snow across southern Milwaukee County on New Year's Day.

"Where everybody else gets an inch, we get eight. Slipping and sliding all morning," Mark Fiene said.

FOX6 News caught up with Fiene in Cudahy Wednesday -- where he was using a unique tool for snow removal.

"Fastest way in the world to clean off your car -- your leaf blower," Fiene said.

On Milwaukee's north side, a FOX6 News crew found a driver stuck in a snow bank, and spinning his wheels.

"The wheels were spinning in the front, but the back ones weren't moving because he was on top of the snow bank," Diamond Stennis said.

FOX6 helped Stennis give the driver a push.

"We just helped him push his car out and he's going about his way," Stennis said.

Shortly thereafter, the FOX6 crew witnessed a hit-and-run accident at the corner of Vienna and 7th.

A woman drove through a stop sign and plowed into Carver Griswold's pickup truck.

"I was coming down the road and the lady that hit me never stopped for the stop sign. She spun me around. I'm facing the wrong way on the road, and she forgot to stop and forgot to let us know what was going on," Griswold said.

A passenger in Griswold's vehicle had to be taken to the hospital as a result of neck and back pain, as police interviewed FOX6's Mike Lowe as a witness.

"I would say stay off the road. If you don't have to go nowhere, stay off the road," Griswold said.

Along Milwaukee's Lakefront, LuAnn Nunn watched the lake effect snowfall up close from Sheridan Park -- finding a silver lining among all the white.

"I'm out here getting some exercise, because actually 18 degrees seems balmy after zero and negative degree temperatures," Nunn said.

Another silver lining is the fact that this snow is light and fluffy -- making for relatively easy cleanup.