Current winter road conditions are visible on the mobile-friendly 511 Wisconsin website (https://511wi.gov) and mobile app. This information is populated by frequent reporting from the Wisconsin State Patrol and enhanced by updates from additional highway staff in-the-field.

On the website’s map of Wisconsin, interstates and select state roadways have corresponding colors to represent conditions. They are — listed from best to worst — good winter driving, slippery stretches, snow covered, ice covered, and travel not advised. No information will be represented when data is not available for that segment of road.

On average, 48 people are killed and more than 4,600 injured in Wisconsin each winter season in crashes when roads are covered in ice, snow and slush. Visit http://wisconsindot.gov/staysafe to learn about safe driving tips, links to best practices for winter road safety, and the law.

Never access 511 information while driving. Either safely pull off of the highway, or have a passenger check it. The winter road conditions feature is anticipated to run until April 2018.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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