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Snow, wind cause hangups for drivers in Sauk Co.


BARABOO (WKOW) -- A storm blanketed much of Wisconsin with new snowfall Tuesday, causing hangups for drivers.

In Sauk County, deputies were out helping stranded motorists all day and into the evening. Only around three inches fell, but heavy winds caused a lot of drifting in some areas, adding to the snow cover on the roads.

"Typically, the higher winds affect the visibility with the snow and people have more of an issue seeing where they're going and they end up in the ditch even more frequently," says Sauk County Deputy Garrett Matthews. "Sometimes the road looks fairly clear and then you come around the corner and there's a two-foot drift across the road and people lose control on that."

27 News went out on patrol with Deputy Matthews Tuesday evening. He responded to four calls in just the first two hours of his shift. Later, three cars went into the ditch on Highway 12 within minutes of each other.

Matthews says conditions like these do slow deputies down. Response time is longer when they have to travel across town on snowy roads.

Authorities remind drivers to slow down and save plenty of space behind the car in front to allow for slowing and stopping. He recommends eliminating any distractions and focusing on the snow-covered roads.

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