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Snow storm keeps snow plows busy on the roads


WEST SALEM, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Snow plow drivers in La Crosse County were on the roads throughout Tuesday morning and afternoon trying to stay on top of the snow storm. 

The highway department is reminding you to maintain a safe distance from plows if you're on the road, especially when that snow is blowing and drifting.

"Biggest thing is to make sure that they have their headlights on for people that are driving and when you see a plow truck to stay a couple hundred feet behind them because with this wind there's going to be white out conditions especially up on the ridge tops and stuff and with the lighter snow now it'll be whipping around pretty good," says Joe Clements, La Crosse County High Department.

Snowplows travel slower than the posted speeds because the plowing is more effective.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Stay back at least five car lengths.  If you are on a one lane road, snowplow operators will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow traffic to pass.

And stay alert.  Snowplows turn or exit frequently.  They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to help improve road conditions.

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