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Highway department prepares for winter weather


A mix of winter weather could soon be hitting parts of north central Wisconsin. That could mean a messy commute for some travelers.

Cities and towns to the west of Wausau saw some light snow falling for part of the afternoon on Wednesday. In Wausau, commuters mainly experienced wet roads. But, experts say it's still a good idea for drivers to take it slow throughout the night, especially as temperatures begin to drop.

Now, throughout the week the Marathon County Highway Department has been gearing up for the expected winter weather ahead. That meant dusting off the snow plows, salt trucks, and other equipment. Highway officials say they'll be out on the roads Wednesday night if necessary, making sure they stay clear.

"If the storm rolls in as they're predicting what we generally like to do is hit the road about four a.m. in the morning before most of the traffic gets on the road and get a good round in before most of the cars head off to work," said Marathon County Highway Commissioner Jim Griesbach.

Griesbach says the highway department has more than ten tons of salt on hand. But typically they go through two or three times that much during the winter. Filling the shed, he says, is just one step in preparing for the winter months.

"We've gone through all the vehicles with the mechanic, all the patrolmen have gone through their vehicles to make sure everything is running properly and the wings and the plows and everything are ready to go. the salt shed is full so, we're ready for winter," said Griesbach.


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