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Snow totals make life difficult for highway departmentSubmitted: 01/10/2017

Mark Spillane
Sports Reporter/Anchor
mspillane@wjfw.com


ONEIDA COUNTY - Heavy snowfall always makes life difficult for highway departments across Wisconsin. That reality was no different Tuesday in the Northwoods, as several inches collected on the ground.

Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek said it was an all-hands-on-deck kind of effort.

But his drivers have struggled to keep up with the fast-falling snow. 


"These routes are rather long for the guys, so when it's snowing like this and there's blowing snow, it's a real challenge because, by the time they get to the end of their route and turn around, it has blown back in again," said Stefonek.

Increased winds and dropping temperatures are expected Tuesday night.

Stefonek says plows will continue working until about 8 p.m. before hitting the roads again in the early morning.

But he urged drivers to use caution in the face of those changing weather conditions.

"The roads will still have hardpack and ice on them and, because of the dipping temperatures, that will be hard to remove," said Stefonek.

He said plow drivers have been on the road since 4 a.m. and are hoping to have everything cleared before more snow starts falling Wednesday.

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