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After 2 Days Of Ice, Temperatures Begin To Rise In Wisconsin

Officials Urge Continued Caution On Roads, Even After Weather Warning Expire

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The worst of Wisconsin’s current wave of icy weather is coming to an end. Most of the state’s winter weather advisories expired at noon Tuesday, said meteorologist Sarah Marquardt of the National Weather Service in Milwaukee.

“Temperatures are increasing slightly today,” Marquardt said Tuesday. “That should help the road conditions for this afternoon. And then we’ll get a little bit of a break; dry weather is expected for the next couple days.”

Despite the milder weather, drivers should continue to use caution on the roads, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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Temperatures dipped below freezing in many areas Monday night, turning rain and freezing rain into ice. Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson of the Wisconsin State Patrol said that made for a slippery morning commute.

“Not even people necessarily driving too fast,” Johnson said. “Just so slippery that people didn’t have any traction and (were) just losing control of their vehicles.”

The DOT advised residents in south-central Wisconsin not to travel Tuesday morning unless absolutely necessary.

The Wisconsin State Patrol has received numerous reports of cars losing traction and sliding off the roads, even as trucks treated road surfaces with salt.

Dozens of Wisconsin school districts delayed or canceled classes because of the weather.