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State Patrol asks drivers to stay home if possible

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) - The Wisconsin State Patrol is warning drivers to be careful in the upcoming cold. Forecasters say Monday will bring the coldest temperatures since 1996.

"When we get weather like this, our role changes to a certain extent and we'll be out there looking and seeking stranded motorists," said Lt.. Steve Krueger.

Officers advise people to stay at home and only travel if they absolutely need to.

One Wausau man says he already changed his weekend plans.

"I was supposed to go to up to my family's cabin, but I think it's not going to happen because it's supposed to be -25 or something," said Michael Schneck of Wausau.

Officers say those who will be traveling should be ready in case of car trouble.

"Prepare for the unexpected," said Krueger. "Good warm clothes and hats and gloves and mittens and you should always have, but even more so now, have warm blankets in the car."

Some drivers are already thinking ahead.

"The only thing I'm doing is consistently going out and starting my car," said Season Keim. "That way I know if it's going to start on me on Monday when I have to go to work."

Keim says she's looking forward to when the arctic blast moves out.

"I just miss the warm," she said. "I can't wait until the cold is over."

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