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Drivers and highway crews get ready for more snow


Drivers and road crews are getting ready for this latest blast of winter weather.

Extra state patrol officers are standing by and drivers said they planned to leave early for work and school.

Drivers are getting back into winter mode.

"Obviously you have to do a lot safer maneuvers, drive a lot slower, stopping distance, stay away from people, it's kind of a given in the snow," said Juan Pintor.

Pintor said after one snow storm, he's already seen just how slick it can get.

"On my way from work yesterday, I saw two people take out two light posts, so that was pretty crazy," said Pintor.

"People were in a hurry and just basically forgot how to drive in the weather and it's a learning process all over again," said Sgt. Carrie Johnson, Wisconsin State Patrol.

State Patrol officers said they're watching conditions and standing by.

"This is really worse for travel if it's only an inch or two or three inches because people really don't prepare, people don't stay home, they're still out commuting," said Sgt. Johnson.

Marathon County highway crews said they have 35 trucks waiting, with salt and a brine mix.

Their biggest concern: the morning commute.

"Right now the snow tends to be a little greasier so you've got to take it a little slow, use caution," said Dan Raczkowski, Marathon County Highway Department Operations Superintendent.

Drivers like Pintor said they're ready.

"Keep a little more fuel in your car, just in case anything happens you know," said Pintor.

Emergency crews said you can make your trip a little safer by calling 511 for road conditions before you head out.

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