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Heavy holiday travel expected through Marathon County


Wisconsin State Patrol officials expect Marathon County to be especially busy with holiday travelers, with main roads busiest Wednesday.

Patrol officers are gearing up for the busiest travel day of the year. The State Patrol plans to post extra officers on the roads.

"One in every county and then in Marathon County because it is a higher travel area, we will probably have two to three troopers out on any one given shift," said Sgt. Carrie Johnson.

The roads in Central Wisconsin might be clear but freezing temperatures are a worry.

"It is pretty cold out here so if you do tend to travel long distance, let your family know when you leave so that if something does happen, we kind of know where to start from and what route you plan on taking," said Johnson.

Severe weather in other parts of the country will impact the 25 million Americans getting on planes this week. The wintry conditions are jamming major airline hubs all across the country.

The operations manager at Central Wisconsin Airport says all flights leaving this airport are on schedule. But travelers could have delays on connecting flights.

That wasn't the case for a family traveling from Houston to Tomahawk.

"It's actually been very good. We thought it was going to be really hectic but it's actually been very smooth," said Michael Adamee.

Those arriving at CWA said planning ahead is key.

"I left early enough. I found people to be very nice. I only had one rude person. Otherwise, everybody was really nice and it makes my trip good," said Mary Prettyman, who arrived from Philadelphia.

For those taking road trips this holiday, State Patrol officers are asking everyone to pack their patience.

"Just slow down, take your time," said Johnson.

Wisconsin State Patrol officials say they expect the heaviest road travel to be Wednesday between noon and 8 p.m.







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