Storm totals to change but strong winds will make travel difficult

Metro Wire Staff

The National Weather Service in Green Bay has issued a winter storm warning for Portage and all surrounding counties until 6 a.m. on Dec. 24.

Additional snow accumulation of 1-3 inches is expected Thursday through Friday, with widespread blowing and drifting snow. Strong winds gusting as high as 45 mph tonight through Friday night will also result in widespread blowing and drifting snow.

The snow will result in slippery roads and hazardous travel conditions, and possibly near-zero visibility at times in open areas.

The strong winds will bring with it some much colder air, with wind chills as much as -25.

“Consider avoiding travel during this period unless absolutely necessary. If you must travel during this period, drive with extreme caution. Consider taking a winter storm kit along with you, including such items as tire chains, booster cables, a flashlight, a shovel, blankets, and extra clothing. Also take water, a first aid kit, and anything else that would help you survive in case you become stranded. Be sure your vehicle has sufficient fuel before crossing open areas,” the alert reads.