BROWN COUNTY - Any time a fresh snowfall is accompanied by high winds, blowing and drifting snow can be an issue.
But it's not just rural roads surrounded by farmland that can become slick and snow covered.
Whipping winds and a new coating of 3 to 5 inches of snow in the area made for tricky travel across Brown County Tuesday.
Gusts to near 40 miles per hour pushed snow from open field onto to open roads.
County road crews were on their toes.
"We'll plow the best we can and then depending on the atmospheric conditions we'll either salt the roads to melt the snow and ice or we'll just plow the roads and let the wind blow it across," said Robert Bousley, Brown County Public Works.
Bousley says the trick is to keep the roads dry.
That can be tricky, because any salt on the roads is working extremely well with the mid-March sun angle and strength.
"Days like today, sometimes salt is not our friend because what will happen is the snow will stick to the wet pavement and actually cause more of a drifting problem. If the pavement was dry, it would just blow right across the road," said Bousley.
And if you do encounter an area of drifting snow or on roads, the advice is always the same.
"We just ask that the public slow down. The road conditions can change quickly, as we found out yesterday with the Leo Frigo bridge. Things deteriorated rapidly there, so just be careful, that's what we're asking," said Bousley.
Bousley says the only thing crews can do to prevent drifting is to use snow fences to cut the wind. But with winds like Tuesday, the snow is going to blow.
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