With a winter storm warning in effect from Janesville to Milwaukee this weekend, the City of Fort Atkinson has declared a snow emergency — meaning there will be no parking on city streets.
The snow emergency will be in effect from 12 a.m. Saturday until 12 a.m. Monday while the winter storm warning will start 7 p.m. Friday and last until 6 a.m. Sunday.
The storm is expected to bring two to five inches of snow and up to a quarter inch of freezing rain to the area, according to the National Weather Service.
By Saturday afternoon, the mixed precipitation is expected to become moderate to heavy snow. Expected snow total is six to 10 inches, according to the NWS.
Winds, especially closer to Lake Michigan, are expected to be high with gusts up to 40 mph.
NWS Meteorologist Tim Halbach said the Fort Atkinson area will have icing and sleet transitioning into snow Friday night before a reprieve Saturday morning becomes a windy snowstorm.
"Travel conditions are going to be really bad for the late evening tomorrow," Halbach said. "Conditions are going to deteriorate pretty quick."
In Fort, a snow emergency goes into effect any time two or more inches of snow is expected in a 24-hour period. Any vehicle parked on a public street or alley will receive a $25 fine and might be towed.
The actual ordinance regarding a snow emergency follows: "No owner or operator of any vehicle shall park upon any public street or alley at any time during a snow emergency. Any time two inches or greater of snow is anticipated during any 24-hour period, a snow emergency shall go into effect. The director of public works or his/her designee may also declare a snow emergency by providing notice to the public via the newspaper and/or radio and/or cable television. All vehicles must be removed from public streets and alleys from the starting time of the snow emergency until the streets or alleys have been cleared curb-to-curb or edge-to-edge of pavement during a snow emergency. For the purpose of this subsection, a vehicle shall be defined as every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a roadway or highway. If any vehicle shall be parked in violation of this subsection, the police department shall ticket the vehicle and may order it towed from the street at the owner's risk after the vehicle has been ticketed; and the towing charge shall be paid by the owner or operator of the vehicle. The fine for violating this subsection shall be $25.00, plus towing charge for each occurrence."
Meanwhile, Watertown will be in the midst of some strong winter weather over the weekend and the city has declared a snow emergency.
In addition, on Friday, Johnson Creek also declared a snow emergency for Saturday and Sunday.
The National Weather Service is predicting a heavy snow event for the Watertown area Saturday, according to Watertown Police Department officials. Snow is expected to develop in the area on Saturday afternoon and continue through Saturday evening. Total snow accumulations, as of Thursday, was estimated at up to 6 inches or more of snow, officials said.
To assist the street department in its anticipated plowing and cleanup efforts, the Watertown Police Department Thursday declared a city-wide snow emergency that will go into effect at 11 p.m. Saturday night. The snow emergency will run for 48 hours.
During the 48-hour period of the snow emergency, parking on all city streets and alleys will be banned between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning, according to officials. Officials encourage residents who have no off-street parking available to utilize municipal parking lots or make arrangements with neighbors, relatives or friends to avoid a potential $50 citation. In addition, any vehicle that has been ticketed and remains parked at the same location for 24 or more hours afterward may be towed at the owner’s expense, according to officials.
In Johnson Creek, Chief of Police Gary Bleecker declared the snow emergency in the village from 7 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday. There is no parking on village street during the emergency.