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Wisconsin State Patrol urges caution for first snowfall


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Chippewa Valley made it through mid-November without any signs of snow, but that may all change Friday with winter weather headed towards Wisconsin. 

"The most dangerous point is when it goes from raining to freezing when the roads are wet, so you get that ice potential, so we really ask you to put the phone away and any distractions that you may have in the car," Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant Kirk Danielson said. "Even turn the radio down so you can focus solely on driving and getting where you are going safely."

Chippewa County Emergency Management said the changes of being involved in a car crash are highest in November and December when motorists have not yet practiced good winter driving habits. The Wisconsin State Patrol said speed limits are set for ideal conditions, so drivers should slow down for rain or snow and increase following distances. 

Wisconsin State Patrol said if drivers do slide on the road, know how brakes work. State Patrol said drivers should remember the saying, "smash and steer" if they start sliding, meaning hold down on the brakes and steer the car to safety.

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