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Weekend snow storm preps underway

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A weekend snow storm is expected to have a big impact on travelers just before the holiday. Dane County Sheriff's deputies and parks employees will have some new equipment heading into the season.

They're calling 'blizzard busting' technology. Track systems can latch onto a county parks employees' car and it allows them to get through really tough snow conditions. "It brings me, you know, a sense of comfort, to know we will have the ability now to get to people who we might not have been able to get to, or might not have been able to get to as quickly, before this new technology," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says. His office plans on evaluating how the equipment works before purchasing more in the future.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office also now has 16 four-wheel drive vehicles. Sheriff Dave Mahoney says they've always relied on the traditional Crown Victoria cars which have trouble in blizzard conditions. "It's important that they have the resources necessary to respond to emergencies, to check on families who are in distress, who had medical needs," Mahoney says.

The City of Madison also says it's prepared for this weekend's snow but area authorities are asking people to stay off the roads during the storm.

As for the sky, the Dane County Regional Airport was calm Friday but officials are preparing for substantial snow.

"Nothing like welcome home with a blizzard," traveler Ryan Garza says. The La Crosse native and other flyers were happy to miss the weekend busy rush and possible delays. Madison native Torrie Mauerman says she hasn't been home in about a year. "This is the first time I've been home actually and all my siblings are going to be together for actually the past couple years so I'm really glad to be here today," she says.

An airport spokesman says they're preparing equipment and coordinating employee schedules to keep the runways as clear as possible when the snow starts coming down.

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