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New winter woe grips central Wis - icy roads

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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - Snow and sleet was making a big mess of the roads Friday evening. Wisconsin State Patrol reported a wave of crashes as soon as this winter weather hit.

"It's kind of a mist out there and it's freezing to the roads,” said Sgt. Thomas Erdmann. “So it looks wet but in some areas it's actually like black ice."

Officers say this ice has caused dozens of slide outs and cars to ride off into ditches. Crashes occurred in many counties including Lincoln, Marathon and Portage.

"As the temperatures drop and the wet spots will start to freeze, the roads will get more greasy as the night goes on,” said Erdmann. “So we ask people to use a little more caution today when they're driving."

State Patrol officers remind drivers to stay farther back from the car in front of you and stay inside your car if you go off the road.

"If you do spin out because the roads are icy and you're standing on the roads, someone else can do the same thing and spin out and hit you,” said Erdmann. “So that's why we ask people to stay inside their vehicles."

Officers say during this burst of snow, the best thing to do is just stay clear of the roads.

This mixture of snow and sleet is expected to continue overnight into Saturday. 
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