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Making the most of the snow

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

A round of winter weather has blanketed north central Wisconsin. With it came snow, ice, and sleet.

"You have to be aware of changing road conditions constantly now that we've entered into winter," said Sgt. Carrie Johnson from Wisconsin State Patrol.

State Patrol officials were out in full force as the storm moved through, beefing up patrol to handle all the calls.

"People started going into the ditch, losing control of their vehicles," explained Johnson.

But the morning commute saw some relief. Snow plow drivers, like Leonard Kurzynski, we're out all night.

"In the last 48 hours, I've probably had 5 hours of sleep," said Kruzynski as he was finishing up a driveway on Wausau's west side.

"It's a long day when you have snow," he said.

State Patrol authorities say highways and major roads were mostly clear. But, it's, the back roads that remain the problem. Most of them are slushy and snow covered and with the temperatures expected to drop, that means this could turn to ice.

"People forget and so every year we kind of have to re-train our brains to say you know what it's time to slow down," said Johnson.

But put away the driving, the roads, the hassle. The winter weather was a welcomed sight for some.

"I got my sweatshirt gloves, snow pants, hat," said Tatum Arndt, 3, as she played in her front yard.

At this home daycare in Kronenwetter, Tatum and her friends are making the most of the snow day.

"The kids they love it and we do make the best of it and there are a lot of fun things you can do in the snow here," said Chrissy Arndt.

So whether you're driving or playing, one thing's for sure, winter is here to stay.

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