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Frozen roadways for overnight travelers


MADISON (WKOW)-- Slick road conditions in most of Wisconsin this weekend. Supervisors with the street department in Madison have been monitoring this weather pattern for the past three days trying keep up on the type of precipitation. They say just a few degrees could mean the difference between freezing rain and snow.

"We look at it as the worst case scenario. We put the extra crews out just in case. We want to have product down on the ground on all of our major streets," says Madison Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley.

You may recall seeing salt en-crusted streets earlier this week. Supervisors say that left over salt is working wonders right now. It's the perfect way to prep for freezing rain while saving on extra salt.

"Give themselves time to stop and take off. If someone pulls out in front of them, they're not going to have the stopping time," Kelley explains.

If you will be driving late Sunday night into Monday morning, officials suggest mapping a safe route to work. If you visit you can use their salt route finder to find the safest roads in Madison.

"We only salt one third of the city streets. Those are major streets, bus routes by hospitals, schools, things like that," Kelley says.

They also salt slippery areas like curves, hills, and intersections. The first set of crews will work until midnight with another shift going until noon on Monday. By then they expect everything to be clear.

Besides driving another thing to be aware of is the potential for power outages. Representatives at MG&E say they've seen one outage already near Atwood Avenue in Madison. About a thousand people were affected.

They have several other crews on standby in case there are any more outages overnight.

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