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Dangerous driving conditions


DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- According to The Wisconsin State Patrol, from Tuesday afternoon to 12:00pm Friday, in Dane, Jefferson, Rock and Sauk Counties there were 173 vehicle run-offs and 68 crashes. In eight accidents people were hurt, but none seriously.

Now the state patrol braces for a stronger snowier storm.

"We take all available personnel and readjust and position them for events like this," says Sergeant Gary Bauer of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Meaning troops stationed on county roads could be pulled to troubled spots when needed.

Back in Madison plows played catch up after tuesday's storm. But as the next big one approaches, city officials say there is good news.

"We're going to have warmer temperatures. They're talking 26 degrees overnight. So we will be able to salt, so salt will be effective," says Madison Streets Superintendent Al Schumacher.

The city says they will also be adding more than ten extra plows to keep main streets clear Thursday night into early Friday morning.

Even with the salt and extra man power, the storm is expected to keep road conditions slick and dangerous.

And on one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, both city and state officials are asking people to keep off the roads.

"I advise people not travel during any of those bad weather conditions, if they can put off that travel until conditions improve, I would strongly encourage that," Sergeant Bauer says.

For those who must go out, slow down, increase the distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you, and make sure you have plenty of time to get to your destination.

If you must travel, you'll want to be where you're going by around 6:00 p.m. Thursday, and wait until at least noon on Friday to head back out.

For the latest on road conditions, call 511.

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