Winter storm: Gov. Walker declares State of Emergency for central Wisconsin

MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday, March 23rd -- as a major winter storm begins to impact the state.

The National Weather Service has forecast up to a foot of snow for central Wisconsin from River Falls to the Green Bay area.  Winds of over 30 miles per hour will cause blowing and drifting snow.

Governor Walker’s State of Emergency calls to active duty elements of the Wisconsin National Guard as deemed necessary by Major General Donald Dunbar to assist local authorities.  The declaration also directs all state agencies to assist in any response or recovery efforts.

Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) has been monitoring this storm system and working closely with state agencies, local officials, and the National Weather Service to track the storm and monitor the road conditions.  If needed, actions could be taken to close roadways or portions of the interstate.