Winter weather causes problems on roadways; 2 killed in Wisconsin

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Wintery weather and the season’s first major snow fall caused problems on Chicago-area roadways and beyond Sunday.

Roads were blocked by spun-out cars, accidents and two fatalities in southeast Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. One major roadway affected is I-94 in Racine County — that road connects Chicago and Milwaukee and it’s going to be tough going for anyone traveling between the two cities Sunday. Part of I-94 in Racine County remains closed.

Milwaukee County coroner’s office investigator Jenni Penn reported one fatality related to the snow on I-43 in Greenfield, Wis., southwest of Milwaukee. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene near Highway 100, Penn said.

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said they had “numerous’’ separate crashes along the interstate system, not one pileup involving 70 cars or 35 cars.

Locally, the road conditions were less severe.

The City of Chicago had about 200 snow plows and salt trucks on the roads.

Some were able to enjoy the winter wonderland.

Along Michigan Ave Sunday, shoppers stepped carefully from store to store while making sure they are covered from head to toe.

Spirits were high at city Christmas tree lots as well.

-Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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