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Winter conditions halt drivers but not construction

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- La Crosse itself escaped the brunt of the storm, with just a trace of snow, but the city didn't escape the cold temperatures and some slippery streets.

It was the kind of morning commute you dread in January but never really expect in May.

"I think people tend to put their guard down, thinking that winter is over," said Officer Teri Roden with the La Crosse Police Department. "In the city we didn't have many crashes at all. Out on the county roads there was several reports of accidents."

But with slushy snow and freezing rain still in the forecast, Friday's morning commute could be a little slick.

"The road conditions can be just as slippery and poor condition as it is in January," Roden said. "And I think it's over looked because people don't think the rain can freeze as quickly as it can in January."

Despite weather conditions, construction crews continue work on Highway 16 which means drivers need to be extra cautious.

"Take a different route to where they need to get to, to avoid that area completely as there is traffic congestion with the construction and if they can avoid it, that would be the best alternative."

Officer Roden says whether your traveling in that construction zone or not, use caution and leave more space between yourself and other cars.

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