The Marathon County Sheriff's Department and Highway Commissioner are asking residents to avoid traveling on local highways, especially North/South Highways in the Western part of the County, as blowing and drifting snow is making many roads not passable.
They say it will be difficult to keep roads clear throughout the weekend, as winds remain gusty.
You can find updated road conditions here: Wisconsin Road Conditions
They're reminding you not to call dispatch for road conditions updates, as dispatchers are busy coordinating emergency responses.
From the Sheriff's Department:
Deputies with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department and Patrolman with the Marathon County Highway Department have been working around the clock in an effort to ensure local and state highways are clear and motorists are cared for in the event of a crash. Officials are asking that you only travel if absolutely necessary.
Current weather conditions are making it difficult to keep up with very dangerous road conditions. North/South highways and roads in Western Marathon County are of most concern. Blowing and drifting snow have created situations where roads are not passable. In some areas drifts are as high or higher than vehicles. Officials with both the Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Department are asking motorists to avoid travel if at all possible on these roads. North/South highways from Sth-107 to Sth-13 are being impacted. We anticipate these problems will persist until the winds subside. Weather reports indicate that the winds will continue through Sunday evening.
I-39 is reported to be snow-packed and treacherous; but passable. As many motorists have already observed, most roads have a layer of snow/ice on them from Thursday and Friday’s storm. If you need to travel please plan ahead. Have a winter survival kit and cellular phone with you. Reduce your speed and be considerate of other motorists who are navigating these roadways.
Information on current road conditions can be found at http://www.511wi.gov/Web/traffic/winterroadconditions . Please avoid contacting emergency dispatch centers with questions about these road conditions as our Public Safety Tele-communicators have been very busy handling calls associated with this situation.
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