Wisconsin winters can bring beautiful snowfalls and great opportunities for outdoor recreation, but they can also result in dangerously cold temperatures and icy conditions. To help encourage everyone to be prepared for the months ahead, Governor Tony Evers has declared this Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin. While Wisconsin typically experiences most of its winter weather from late November through April, this past season got off to an early start with several parts of the state receiving a late-October blast of snow, which Andrew Beckett with Wisconsin Emergency Management says is an important reminder that winter weather can be unpredictable, so people need to be prepared early on for whatever Mother Nature may throw at us.

To be prepared for snow and icy conditions that could impact travel on roadways, residents make sure they have emergency kits in their vehicles which include food and water, a flashlight with extra batteries, and blankets. Vehicles should also have a snow shovel, extra gloves and hats, and kitty litter or sand to give you traction in case you get stuck. Beckett says driving behavior needs to be meet conditions as well. Thousands of vehicles crashes occur in Wisconsin each winter because of winter weather and between 2015 and 2019, an average of 43 people were killed and more than 4100 were injured each year in crashes on icy or snow-covered roads.

According to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin experiences an average of three to six winter storms during the season.