MADISON, Wis. -

State traffic officials said travel conditions would be hazardous as a winter storm was expected Tuesday afternoon. 

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said severe weather conditions could include 10 inches of snow in some areas, as well as strong winds that have the potential to cause drifting and blowing snow. 

Winds will create a visibility issue, the DOT said. 

Motorists may want to cancel or delay travel plans, according to the traffic alert. Drivers should reduce speed when road conditions are hazardous. 

The DOT said conditions are expected to differ by region of the state:

  • Northwest: Portions of Interstate 94 West have been closed due to multiple accidents and runoffs. Vehicles are being re-routed off of I-94 at Osseo onto Highway 10 onto Highway 53 north. The DOT said drivers are encouraged to not travel unless absolutely necessary. Travel not advised.
  • North central: Conditions are expected to worsen across the region, with icy, snow-covered roads across much of the area. Refrain from travel unless absolutely necessary.
  • Northeast: Slippery and snow-covered roads across much of the region, particularly on Highway 41.
  • Southeast and southwest: Snow is beginning to fall in the southern portion of the state, with conditions expected to worsen as the day continues, and into the evening rush hour, with icy roads expected for tomorrow mornings commute.

The DOT said motorists can check road conditions before traveling by calling 511 or visiting www.511wi.gov.