Heavy snow kept officers busy in Northwest Region of state

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EAU CLAIRE - As the snow piled up in the northwest part of Wisconsin, so did the number of vehicles in ditches along the highways.

On Sunday, Northwest Region State Patrol troopers responded to nearly 160 run-offs, including 17 property damage crashes and a total of four injury related crashes.

“In comparison to past snow snowstorms, this is an average number of responses for our officers,” said State Patrol Commander Jeffrey Frenette. “However, that is still a significant number of vehicles that need attending to. It is important for motorists to pay attention to weather forecasts and plan their trips accordingly, and in some cases that may mean just staying home.”

Many of the vehicles were left until the storm subsided and some are still being removed today.

Early weather forecasts are predicting another storm next weekend with measurable snow. Travelers are encouraged to check winter road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting 511wi.gov.

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