Multi-vehicle crash shuts down I-43 SB near Mequon during snowstorm

OZAUKEE CO. (WITI) -- We saw our first snowfall of the New Year on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 -- and the snow and slick roadways may have contributed to a multiple-vehicle crash that shut down all lanes of I-43 SB near Mequon Road on Wednesday afternoon. The roadway has since reopened.

Motorists headed southbound were diverted off the interstate at Mequon Road -- and were able to re-enter at County Line Road.

Steven Lester got off the interstate, but not before lagging in traffic for almost 30 minutes.

"It was a crawl to a standstill. Right when we stopped like, my car slid a couple of feet so, I mean, it's really slick out there," Lester said.

The accident was south of Lester's location, so he never saw it.

"I'm pretty sure it's all the way up there. I mean, they let the snow plow through and that's about it," Lester said.

With persistent snowfall and cold temperatures, snow plows were a welcome sight on this New Year's Day.

You can monitor the traffic situation with the Google Traffic Map.