MILWAUKEE -- The first measurable snowfall of the season is here -- and officials are urging all drivers to slow down and be patient -- especially in the Friday morning rush.
So far, the streets appear to be clear. The National Weather Service says there may be a few slick spots on untreated bridges and roads.
Snowfall will be in a 1-2″ range for most areas and will accumulate mostly on grassy surfaces.
DPW officials report that they have 103 salt trucks hitting city streets on Friday. Additionally, at least 120 garbage trucks can have plows mounted on them when there is heavier snow in the forecast.
You can also visit milwaukee.gov/parking to check the parking regulations.
Meanwhile, FOX6Now.com offers a variety of extremely useful weather tools to help you navigate the wintry mess. They including the following:
FOX6 NEWS MOBILE APPS
These apps feature updated weather coverage of southeast Wisconsin from the team at FOX6 News. They include weather webcasts, the FOX 6-day forecast, severe weather alerts and more.
MAPS AND RADAR
We have a host of maps and radars on the FOX6 Weather page that are updating regularly — to provide you the most accurate assessment of the weather. From a county-by-county view to the Midwest regional radar and a national view — it’s all there. All of these images are at the ready — just one click away.
We want you to know about a new tool on FOX6Now.com. We now have a map that taps into the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) road temperatures. WisDOT has sensors on bridges throughout southeast Wisconsin — and they’re monitoring those sensors for potential freezing conditions. CLICK HERE to check out our new road temperatures map.
WIND CHILL CHART
FOX6 News invites you to click and print a copy of the National Weather Service (NWS) wind chill chart. Put it up on your refrigerator. The NWS wind chill temperature index provides an accurate, understandable, and useful formula for calculating the dangers from winter winds and freezing temperatures. CLICK HERE to print the NWS wind chill chart.
FOX6 WEATHER IN SOCIAL MEDIA
SCHOOL AND BUSINESS CLOSINGS
When the weather gets a little dicey, schools and businesses may shut down for part of a day or altogether. CLICK HERE to monitor the latest list of closings, cancellations and delays reported in southeast Wisconsin.
FOX6Now.com SNOW STICK
Because the winter months also offer a great opportunity to get outside and play, we try to bring you a lighter side of the weather — with a little help from the FOX6Now.com Snow Stick. It’s our unofficial snow measurement tool sitting on the FOX6 Weather Deck in Brown Deer. Web users can visit the Snow Stick web page and watch the snow accumulate in real time via live streaming video. We’ll stream this web cam live 24/7 whenever there’s snow in the forecast — and invite you to “LIKE” the Snow Stick on Facebook.
FOX6 FUTURE FORECASTER
Lastly, FOX6 and Meteorologist Rob Haswell are looking for some smart, fun, outgoing and weather-loving kids to help with the weather forecasts Friday mornings on WakeUp News. If you have a 6 to 12-year-old child who is into weather and wants to show his or her stuff, then we want to hear from you! CLICK HERE to learn more.