MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in advance of a winter storm forecast to hit Wisconsin Thursday.
Heavy snowfall, freezing rain and strong winds are expected. Some areas of west-central and northwestern Wisconsin could get more than a foot of snow.
Walker issued his executive order Wednesday. The order will ready Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
ReadyWisconsin and the Department of Transportation say travelers should consider limiting, delaying or canceling their travel plans Thursday. Travelers also should check road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511wi.gov . Travelers also should carry an emergency winter weather survival kit in their vehicle.