January 3, 2011

Wisconsin InfoLink: Check for icy roads before you go

Ron Larson. Photo: Wisconsin State Journal/John Maniaci

Wisconsin InfoLink is an almanac of Wisconsin facts and resources compiled by Ron Larson. Each week on the WisconsinWatch blog, Larson introduces us to some of these gems.

It’s that time of year where traveling even a short distance can become a major adventure due to bad weather. Wisconsin InfoLink can help you prepare for or avoid those hassles with its links to driving and weather conditions.

Featured resources:
Wisconsin InfoLink: Before You Leave Home > Wisconsin driving conditions
Wisconsin InfoLink: Weather

The “Wisconsin driving conditions” link leads you to a site maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Near the top, there’s a link to winter road conditions — an interactive map. Point your mouse over the desired highway on the road map to get up-to-date information on the road conditions — including good, slippery, snow-covered, ice-covered, or impassable.

This is a very helpful site when deciding whether to venture out or to cancel your travel plans.

The site also includes traffic cameras located in various locations, including Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Rock County, and Wausau. The camera images are nearly real-time and provide a clear image of road conditions.

Another good DOT link is the Road Weather Information System page. This interactive map provides weather information on highway locations throughout the state. Other DOT links include Incident Alerts, weather alerts from the National Weather Service, and Winter Driving Safety Information.

InfoLink’s Weather heading includes useful links, too: Current weather and forecasts for Wisconsin from the National Weather Service; Weather Central’s Wisconsin page; and Wisconsin Weather Online, which has quick links to NWS weather data for various parts of Wisconsin.

— Ron Larson

Ron Larson, a blogger for WisconsinWatch.org and staffer at the Wisconsin Historical Society, spent most of his professional life organizing information and helping reporters find facts and data as the library director at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times.