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Preparing for a slippery few days of holiday travel


A clash of snow and the busy holiday driving season may make commutes on Christmas Eve difficult.
 

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "Hopefully the remainder of the evening will be a little quieter for us," said Trooper Jeremy Brunner with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

"You don't know what to expect out here and you just got to be ready for it," he said.

Brunner has been on the road for 14 years as a trooper. He has taken away several lessons - including Wisconsin's highways can be tricky.

"Everything appears to be normal out here but then things turn into black ice, roads get slick," he said.

Snow mixed with heavy traffic the day before Christmas Eve makes for a busy day when you are on the state patrol.

"This is kind of a blend of everything coming together in a way you don't want it to happen," said Lt. Jeff Lorentz with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

He says they handled about 10 crashes today and another 10 to 15 slide-ins in our area. But he says the injuries were all minor.

"We've had a lot bridge decks freezing and a lot of glazing over," he added.

That is a problem Ralph and Cindy Melgard traveling to Grand Forks have encountered.

"We basically coast over bridges anywhere it may be frosted," Ralph Melgard said.

And Randy Brungraber is tackling the snow and traffic with 18 wheels. He says the hardest part about trucking is other drivers.

"Watching out for the crazies pulling out in front of you or stopping in front of you and thinking you can stop on a dime," he said.

And so on Tuesday and Wednesday night, the biggest advice, take it slow.

"Those signs that say 65 miles per hour, those are July speeds not December with falling snow," Lorentz added.

Brungraber has the right idea.

"I have an appointment at 6:00 a.m. I'm 45 to 50 it doesn't matter to me, as I get there safe that's the main thing," he said.


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