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Snow storm hampers holiday travel in Southeast Wisconsin

Snow storm hampers holiday travel in Southeast Wisconsin

A massive winter storm system moved into the Midwest early Sunday morning that is hampering one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

Freezing rain, snow, ice, flooding and even tornadoes have plagued the entire Midwest since Friday. An area that stretched from the Louisiana Gulf Coast to Eastern Canada also suffered the fury of Old Man Winter. Travel conditions in the greater Milwaukee area were fair at best.

Conditions were acceptable for those who took to the roads and skies just before noon Saturday. But within a few short hours, motorists dealt with slippery roads while flight cancellations and delays quickly mounted.

Searching for the perfect Christmas tree

MEQUON (WITI) — If you haven’t already picked out that fresh Christmas tree for your living or family room, there’s little time to waste. Noffke Tree Farms in Mequon is ready to lend a helping hand. That’s where Studio A’s Brian Kramp found himself on Thursday, December 12th.

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“Holiday Mail for Heroes” brings hope to troops, veterans

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s been nearly 60 years since Bill Murgas served in the military, but he still remembers the impact of a piece of mail.

“It reminds me of my own service and what I did during the service,” said Murgas.

Murgas and his fellow American Red Cross volunteers are sorting through 15,000 cards collected for our military and veterans.

“I think it’s great because we didn’t have such a thing when I was in, people didn’t have much regard for the military then,” said Murgas.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes will be delivered to hometown veterans and shipped to troops serving across the country and overseas. This campaign empowers the community to send cards of thanks and support for their sacrifices.

2014 Wisconsin State Parks stickers now on sale

MADISON (WITI) — The 2014 Wisconsin State Park stickers are now on sale at state park facilities and Department of Natural Resources service centers statewide.

The winning design for the 2014 Wisconsin State Parks admission sticker features a turtle and was designed by Ursula Reid, a junior at Cedarburg High School. The winning design was selected from 220 entries into the design contest. It will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and displayed on more than 150,000 vehicles.

The vehicle admission stickers provide access to more than 60 state park, forest and recreation area properties across Wisconsin. The stickers are required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks and recreation areas. Some state forest and trail parking areas also require a sticker.

DNR: Snowmobilers should stay off trails until given “green flag”

MADISON (WITI) — DNR conservation wardens are asking snowmobile enthusiasts to prep your sleds now, but to hold off hitting the trails until local authorities give the green flag.

In a news release issued on Monday, December 9th, Cathy Burrow, the DNR snowmobile trails grant manager, says ultimately the decision to open the trails is done at the local level where officials and local clubs care for the trails.

DNR officials say sometimes over-anxious snowmobilers can sometimes create problems by using the trails before they have been officially opened.

Snowmobile trail information such as conditions and openings can be found through county foresters, park and recreation officials, local snowmobile clubs, local chambers of commerce and on the Snow Conditions Report on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism website.

Snow totals in 3″ – 6″ range for most of SE Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Preliminary snow totals show most of southeast Wisconsin received between three and six inches of snow on Sunday, December 8th through early Monday, December 9th.

Here’s a list of the preliminary snow totals from FOX6 weather observers and weather stations. They will be revised when updated amounts are made available.

50 to 60 vehicles involved in massive collision on I-43 SB at Mequon Rd.

MEQUON (WITI) — The southbound lanes of I-43 were shut down Sunday afternoon, December 8th near Mequon Rd. because of a multiple-vehicle wreck — leaving some stranded on the freeway for hours.

Ozaukee County Sheriff’s officials say a vehicle entered the median on I-43 SB just north of the Ozaukee/Milwaukee County line around 11:00 a.m.

Immediately thereafter, Sheriff’s officials say numerous 911 calls were received regarding a multiple-vehicle crash occurring in the area.

Six tow companies were called to the scene.

Ozaukee County Sheriff’s officials say their initial investigation revealed that the falling snow had covered the roadway and had intensified immediately preceding the 911 calls.

Sheriff’s officials say what caused the massive collision remains under investigation.

It is unknown how many injuries were reported, along with their severity.