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Winter weather brings messy roads in central Wisconsin

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RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - Wisconsin State Patrol is advising drivers to be careful when driving due to messy roads.

State Patrol says whether you're on a major highway or a side street, the roads can be equally messy from the snow and ice underneath it. A sergeant says although we haven't had this much snow in a few weeks, drivers still need to be aware of whatever conditions they may face.

"We did have a rash of weather where there wasn't any snow,” said Sgt. Bryan Wrycha of Wisconsin State Patrol. “People were able to pick up their speeds a little bit but it's something they do have to remember is to slow down in this type of weather and create that following distance between them and other vehicles."

But the sergeant says there are still important safety tips people should remember. Some include keeping a safe distance between the vehicle in front of you, lower your speed and if you do slide-off the road, do not leave your vehicle.

"We don't want people wandering around in the road or on the shoulder where another vehicle could lose control and slide into you,” said Wrycha. “You have more protection inside the vehicle."

The sergeant said state patrol was at full staff Monday. All troopers were on the roads to assist in any more slide offs or crashes.

The sergeant says they have been in contact with a number of sheriffs departments and the highway department. He says plows will continue to work through the evening the clear the roads as quickly as they can. The sergeant says the best thing for drivers to do, is just stay off the road.

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