Icy roadways lead to spinouts, crashes on freeways

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Freezing rain turns roads icy on Friday night, January 10th -- and that led to spinouts and crashes on the freeways in southeast Wisconsin.

When the rain initially hit, it formed black ice throughout the region -- causing trouble for those in cars and others on foot. It made the Friday evening rush hour drive rather taxing.

In the Marquette Interchange, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says at least four cars spun out on the ramp from eastbound I-94 to northbound I-43. Officials shut down the ramp until it could be heavily salted.

Despite the ice, Dartagnan Brown was ready to heady downtown. Slick roads weren't about to keep him from defending his turf.

"Going to the Bucks game, cheering on the Bucks play the Bulls so you gotta have more Bucks fans than Bulls fans," said Brown.

The mix of rain and melting snow also raised concerns about flooding -- especially on side roads. But Christine Dittmar says it's not that bad, relatively speaking at least.

"I’ll take the ice over the freezing cold…definitely," said Dittmar.

Milwaukee's Department of Public Works officials are asking resident to see if a catch basin near their home is covered in snow and ice. If it is, you're asked to clean it off.

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