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Village of Butler declares a snow emergency

BUTLER (WITI) — The Village of Butler has declared a snow emergency beginning at midnight through 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 22nd.

All vehicles must be moved off public streets during these times. Free off-street parking will be allowed at any of the three municipal lots.

Vehicles left on the street during the snow emergency are subject to being ticketed and towed.

“Holiday Mail for Heroes” brings hope to troops, veterans

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s been nearly 60 years since Bill Murgas served in the military, but he still remembers the impact of a piece of mail.

“It reminds me of my own service and what I did during the service,” said Murgas.

Murgas and his fellow American Red Cross volunteers are sorting through 15,000 cards collected for our military and veterans.

“I think it’s great because we didn’t have such a thing when I was in, people didn’t have much regard for the military then,” said Murgas.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes will be delivered to hometown veterans and shipped to troops serving across the country and overseas. This campaign empowers the community to send cards of thanks and support for their sacrifices.

2014 Wisconsin State Parks stickers now on sale

MADISON (WITI) — The 2014 Wisconsin State Park stickers are now on sale at state park facilities and Department of Natural Resources service centers statewide.

The winning design for the 2014 Wisconsin State Parks admission sticker features a turtle and was designed by Ursula Reid, a junior at Cedarburg High School. The winning design was selected from 220 entries into the design contest. It will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and displayed on more than 150,000 vehicles.

The vehicle admission stickers provide access to more than 60 state park, forest and recreation area properties across Wisconsin. The stickers are required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks and recreation areas. Some state forest and trail parking areas also require a sticker.

VIDEO: Traffic cam captures massive pileup on Highway 41/45

GERMANTOWN (WITI) — The Department of Transportation’s traffic cameras captured the frightening massive pileup that happened on Highway 41/45 near Lannon Rd. around noon on Sunday, December 8th.

Officials say the video clearly shows people were driving too fast for the conditions on the roadways. They say it also illustrates something you’re never supposed to do — step outside of your vehicle along the roadside — especially when the conditions are as they were on Sunday.

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DNR: Snowmobilers should stay off trails until given “green flag”

MADISON (WITI) — DNR conservation wardens are asking snowmobile enthusiasts to prep your sleds now, but to hold off hitting the trails until local authorities give the green flag.

In a news release issued on Monday, December 9th, Cathy Burrow, the DNR snowmobile trails grant manager, says ultimately the decision to open the trails is done at the local level where officials and local clubs care for the trails.

DNR officials say sometimes over-anxious snowmobilers can sometimes create problems by using the trails before they have been officially opened.

Snowmobile trail information such as conditions and openings can be found through county foresters, park and recreation officials, local snowmobile clubs, local chambers of commerce and on the Snow Conditions Report on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism website.

Franklin man dies after multi-vehicle wreck in Menomonee Falls

MENOMONEE FALLS (WITI) — Menomonee Falls officials say a 63-year-old Franklin man died from injuries he suffered in a multi-vehicle collision on southbound Hwy. 41/45 near Pilgrim Rd. on Sunday, December 8th. The victim’s identity has not been released.

The snow caused two incidents on 41/45 on Sunday — one near Lannon Rd. and another near Pilgrim.

A chain-reaction wreck happened near Lannon Rd. around 11:15 a.m. Within minutes, dozens of vehicles were involved.

Officials say besides the Franklin man, one other person suffered life-threatening injuries due to the incidents on 41/45. Many more were hurt.

Germantown police responded to the wreck near Lannon Rd., and said they were shocked by the number of stranded motorists just standing on Highway 41.

Snow totals in 3″ – 6″ range for most of SE Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Preliminary snow totals show most of southeast Wisconsin received between three and six inches of snow on Sunday, December 8th through early Monday, December 9th.

Here’s a list of the preliminary snow totals from FOX6 weather observers and weather stations. They will be revised when updated amounts are made available.