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Wood Co. Highway Dept: roads cleared, but still may be a hazard


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 WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) -- The Wood County highway department staff say the first snow storm of the season dumped up to 18 inches on the roads. While crews plowed the bulk of the snow off the roads--high winds left behind drifts for them to contend with.

"There are some hazardous spots out there with the minor drifting that is going on, and scattered slippery spots," says Douglas Passineau, commissioner of the Wood County highway department.

 Monday the department sent out 18 trucks loaded with sand to remove spots that remain hazardous to drivers.

"Chlorides don't work the best once you get below 20 degrees, they don't work very well, so we sent crews out with some sand products out this morning to apply to the slippery spots," he adds.

 Business owners in downtown Wisconsin Rapids say this is the most snow they recall having to dig out.

"Yeah this is as bad as I've seen it," says art gallery owner Lenore Frost.

 They say this is worst they've seen it, and one of the most challenging clean ups.

"The snow is really hard because that's why we came over last night and did one path because we knew we wouldn't be able to even get in, but it's going good it's going okay," Frost adds.

 Wood County highway department staff say the roads are clear but give warning about areas that have ice patches and snow drifts.

Online Reporter: Patrick Manning

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