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Storm preparation a top concern

WAUSAU (WAOW) -  There's a lot of work to get ready for this storm.

One of the primary concerns for tomorrow's weather is keeping road conditions manageable. Highway crews have been making plans to keep drivers safe.

"We'll have 37 patrol trucks scattered throughout the county, and six graders," said John Bangart, the Marathon County Highway Operations Supervisor.

It's his crews' job to keep the roads "passable."

"If you can drive 35 or 40 on a slow steady speed, and you can just keep your car on the road, to me that's passable," Bangart said.

Some highway workers have been taking care of our roads for decades. Bangart says his guys have been doing this a long time and know what to do.

They're responsible for all of Marathon County, but they have priorities. State roads and four-lane roads are most important, he says.

Accidents do happen though. That's where State Patrol comes in. They're on call day and night. 

"Our job is going to be clearing crashes and slideouts as quickly as possible," said Bryan Wrycha, State Patrol Sergeant.

That's how crews are preparing. What about everyone else? 

"The roof had to be shoveled off Wednesday. That's what we were doing before I came down [to the supermarket]," said Nancy Zimbauer of Tomahawk Lake.

Zimbauer says she plans to do a big food shop for her and her mother, then hunker down inside.

"We don't stock up on big supply usually but this weekend it's going to get pretty nasty," she said.

It's definitely a lot to do for everyone as we get ready for the next pounding of winter weather.
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