Slick, wintry conditions resulted in a massive, 85-vehicle pileup on I-39/I-90 near Janesville on Friday, with more snow expected over the weekend.
Heavy snow was expected to hit the Milwaukee area Saturday afternoon. Snowfall rates of one-quarter to one-half inch per hour were forecast for the area, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS bulletin Saturday said visibility would be reduced to one-half mile or less in the heavier snow bands, and snow-covered and slippery driving conditions were expected. “Slow down if driving into this afternoon,” it said.
The forecast of moderate to heavy snow resulted in a winter storm warning from noon Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Walworth and Rock counties. About 6 to 10 inches of snow was expected in that area.
A winter weather advisory was in effect for the rest of southern Wisconsin, with 3 to 7 inches of snow possible.
The snow will be followed by a blast of arctic air from Sunday night through Wednesday.
Wind chills temperatures of about 20 below zero are possible from Monday night into Tuesday morning, according to the NWS.
The snowstorm is hitting the Milwaukee area one day after 85 vehicles were involved in a pileup crash on I-39/I-90 near Janesville that resulted in 21 people being taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.
That weather-related crash happened early Friday afternoon and shut both lanes of the highway for several hours.
A separate crash occurred Friday night on I-39/90 near Janesville when a southbound Toyota Camry struck the rear of a semi-trailer tractor, according to Madison.com. The car’s driver was killed.