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Dangerous driving conditions


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The winter weather created dangerous conditions out on the roads in Central Wisconsin Wednesday. The Wisconsin State Patrol said there were more than 100 weather related crashes on major highways in our area.

Ready or not - winter weather is here.

"It was like, really? Already? I'm used to winter starting like December," said Wausau resident Amanda Johnson. 

On Wednesday, that meant being extra careful on the roads.

"Roads are terrible. It's pretty bad on the highway coming down," said Merrill resident Josh Coates.

Captain James Lind with the Wisconsin State Patrol said calls started rolling in bright and early.

"Since about 7:00 this morning we've dealt with well over 50 vehicles either sliding off into the ditch, or jackknifed semi's," said Captain Lind.

We were there when officials were on scene where a semi truck rolled over on Highway 29 in Weston. In Mosinee a car slid right into a ditch. It was a familiar scene all across our area.

"We just ask that people slow down take their time. And be aware of the changing weather conditions," said Capt. Lind.

Drivers told Newsline 9 it might take some time to get used to the slick roads. While it's an early season reminder for many, some are already looking for the finish line.

"I can't wait for it to end that's for sure," said Johnson.

And the season is just getting started.

Online Reporter: Courtney Fasano

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