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Wood Co. snowplow drivers work to keep roads safe

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WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) -

The first significant snowstorm of the winter is upon us.

Snowplow drivers say the type of snow the storm brought made driving conditions even more dangerous.

"Out on the road, you're going to think it's a light, fluffy snow because it's blowing and drifting in areas, but it actually packs to the asphalt and the concrete real well," said snowplow driver Carl Werner.

"It makes the roads a lot slipperier once it gets packed on. It's almost like a layer of ice, basically," said snowplow driver Joachim Mangen.

Snowplow drivers were up early this morning to start clearing off the roads as people headed off to work.

"We started at 4:00 this morning," said Mangen.

It took them hours to clear the streets, but the snow continued to fall.

The wind added a dangerous factor.

"It's really hard to remove all the ice and snow when you have wind because it'll stick to the road," said Werner.

Plow drivers say people should use extra caution if they need to be on the road.

"I've already seen a couple vehicles in the ditch today, or people having a hard time stopping at intersections even with the salt and scraping we've been doing," said Mangen.

"Right before I came in here, I almost got hit by a car. He slid through and intersection," said Werner.

That's why plow drivers say they work long hours – to keep the roads safe.

"We'll go ‘til 8:00 to 10:00 tonight," said Mangen.

They're taking in caffeine and getting some exercise to stay alert.

"Drink a lot of energy drinks. Get out and do some jumping jacks," said Mangen.

The snowplow drivers say they'll be back at it early Friday morning.

Even with the snowplow drivers working long hours, officials are urging people to stay off the roads.

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