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Slippery roads keep law enforcement busy


WAUSAU (WAOW) - The late-winter snow storm that pushed across central Wisconsin on Monday kept some local law enforcement agencies busy.

The Portage County Sheriff's Department said it had received at least 20 traffic-related calls involving slippery roads - most of them vehicles sliding into the ditch but some rollovers too - by about 3:30 p.m.

Sgt. Lee Garrels of the Wood County Sheriff's Department said his agency had received 15 reports of vehicles skidding off the road by mid-afternoon as 3 inches of new snow covered the ground. Officers also investigated two accidents with minor damage and no injuries, he said.

The slippery roads caused Pittsville High School to cancel after-school activities, Garrels said.

The Wisconsin State Patrol in Wausau, which handles 18 counties, said it sent troopers to help with about 20 traffic incidents involving slippery roads, most of them in Marathon and Portage counties, by mid-afternoon. The agency said no serious injuries were reported.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department said it had received about a dozen calls of vehicles in the ditch by mid-afternoon.

The Clark County Sheriff's Department reported that by 3 p.m., it had four reports of vehicles sliding in the ditch, all without injuries.

Forecasters said the storm would dump from 1 to 4 inches of new snow as it moved eastward.

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