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Crews and drivers prepare for winter weather

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) - Many people in Marathon County are ready to think spring. But State Patrol officers are asking drivers to still keep in mind those winter driving tips as another round of weather heads into the area.

Drivers know conditions can change fast this time of year.

"It's April. We can get snow and ice, just kind of a mixed bag of everything," said Kristin Vetter of Rib Mountain.

That's what worries State Patrol officers.

"Where there's rain and ice, a shiny surface on the roadway may not mean it's wet. It may mean it's also ice covered as well so definitely slow down," said Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Bryan Wrycha.

Wausau Public Works crews spent Thursday afternoon preparing to clear covered roads.

"We're loading salt trucks and sand trucks and making sure we have plows ready and warning the crews there's a possibility they'll be called in early," said Ric Mohelnitzky, City of Wausau Public Works superintendent.

State Patrol officers are also ready for whatever this spring storm brings.

"We're just waiting for the weather to hit and kind of unsure where the snow and the rain are, what parts of the state they're going to hit up here so we're just putting people along the main corridors to make sure they're in position for when it does hit," said Sgt. Wrycha.

No matter the weather, officers suggest keeping that winter weather kit in the car.

Kathy Stephenson of Wausau says she always does.

"'Cause you never know. That one time, it could come in handy. I hope I never have to use it. But just in case," said Stephenson.

Officers say drivers still need to slow down and even avoid traveling in this weather.

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