CHIPPEWA VALLEY, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – It is a winter wonderland for the Chippewa Valley and much of western Wisconsin. The city of Eau Claire streets department says 13 trucks are out plowing and salting Eau Claire’s arterial ice routes.
Roads deteriorated throughout the day as the snow continued to fall. If you are out on the roads late this evening, drive cautiously.
According to Eau Claire County Highway Commissioner Jon Johnson, the upgrade late this morning to a winter storm warning didn’t do them any favors. The Chippewa Valley under the bullseye for the heaviest snow. Johnson says his crews did pre-treat the roads this morning ahead of the storm, but a record-breaking snow event on October 20 did come as surprise.
Johnson said, “Feel like you’re a little bit behind the 8-ball, wish you had a little bit more preparation time, something like this, you always feel that way. But the guys are out there, the crews are out there, they are doing a great job. We’ll be going out on the county roads at 4 am, we’ll have 16 plows going out on the county.”
“But you know this a unique one, heavy wet snow, shoulders are soft. We are going to be trying to stay on the main roads only, you’ll see the snow piled up. Slow down, we’re already seeing a lot of issues with traffic going too fast for conditions, people are starting to slow down but it’s the first one of the year,” said Johnson.