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Snow and freezing rain made for slick conditions overnight


Drivers on Highway 39 were taken by surprise overnight and some found themselves stuck in the middle of the storm.

"I didn't really know where I was going and before I knew it I drove off," said Driver, Kelly Guralski.

Guralski was surprised by the conditions as she made her way home from work.

"As I was getting on the highway, my whole windshield went white and I couldn't see anything," said Guralski.

And she wasn't the only one.

From one mile marker to the next, drivers found traffic moving slowly or not at all, as crews worked to help people who'd slid off the road.

"Slow down, leave plenty of space, as in several car lengths between their cars and other cars," said State Patrol Sgt. Rhae Stertz.

Officials said in conditions like this, it's important to take it slow and expect the worst.

"Dress warmly, be prepared, anticipate problems up ahead," said Sgt. Stertz.

Those conditions kept road crews busy as they worked to clear the roads from freezing rain and snow.

"With any traffic, they can harden that and make it like, real slick," said Marathon Co. Highway Operations, Mark Raduechel.

And reminded drivers to slow down when the winter weather piles up on the roads.

"I would say just stop over and wait it out because it's not worth driving in, you don't want to end up like me and in a ditch," said Guralski.

Officials say there were 36 crews clearing the roads in Marathon County.

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