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Wisconsin State Patrol tells drivers to stay in, slow down ahead of winter weather

Posted at 10:01 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 23:28:06-05

Wintry weather this weekend could make the roads slippery and treacherous.

That's why the Wisconsin State Patrol is reminding everyone to go slow, and it's why drivers are preparing.

To start, drivers filled up their tanks Friday night.

"We're mostly just hunkering down tomorrow," said Matt Carroll.

"We work inside our shop and we just have to be ready to blow snow if we need to," said Larry Gruss.

The Wisconsin State Patrol suggests if you do not have to drive this weekend, don't.

TODAY'S TMJ4 Meteorologist Brian Gotter says the hard time to try to be off the roads is Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

But if you do have to drive, take it very slowly, give yourself lots of time, and give other cars plenty of space.

"Most important thing is to give yourself that extra distance," said Trooper Daniel Mittelstadt. "You can always check 511 for local travel conditions, which is updated continuously through these bad storms by troopers and law enforcement on the road."

The Wisconsin State Patrol also says to make sure you've stocked your car with the right winter essentials before the storm hits. That can include warm clothes, cat litter, a first aid kit, water, and a phone charger.

If you do get in trouble, call 911, and stay in your car with your seat belt on.

"If you're down in the ditch, your best course of action, best idea, is to call local law enforcement and stay inside your vehicle," Trooper Mittelstadt said. "And they'll bring someone else out to help you get out safely."

Don't forget to also give plenty of space for salt trucks and plows.