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Local holiday travel is halted by snow

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) --  Roads were busy this afternoon as people packed up and headed out to their holiday destinations.  But, unexpected snow caused many plans to be put on hold, at least for a bit.

Marathon County Highway Department was out sanding and salting the roads at 1:30 PM on Friday.  The snow caused many crashes in Marathon County including a crash on Highway 29 that caused one car to go into the ditch and multiple emergency vehicles on scene.

According to AAA, 83.6 million people are expected to hit the roads this holiday weekend. That is a 2% increase from last year, and the second highest number in the past decade.

With the increase in traffic, and the bad weather, officers recommend leaving earlier and giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destinations.

"Patience is definitely the best thing. Especially when traffic backs up, and if there is a crash. The roads can be bad and people are in a hurry to get to their holiday functions. But, the best way to get there is safe," Lt. Ted Knoeck of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department said.

If you are taking to the skies to reach your holiday destination, the marketing coordinator at Central Wisconsin Airport recommends giving yourself plenty of time for check-in and security since most flights are full or over-booked for the holidays.

Officers also recommend, in the inclement weather, to go slow and leave enough room between you and the car in front of you.

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