Drivers battle slippery road conditions
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- He veered into a ditch and took out an exit sign on Interstate 41.
Still shaken up, Yuri Bezerra says Wednesday's conditions were some of the worst he's ever driven in.
"I couldn't brake," he said. "If it wasn't for this, I don't even know where I would have stopped. This is what stopped my car."
Bezerra recently moved here from Brazil.
"I've never driven in the snow before, this is my first time."
And it wasn't just those dealing with snow for the first time that had some difficulties on the roads Wednesday.
"Its been really busy. It's the first big snowfall of the year, the roads are very slippery," said Wisconsin State Trooper Lou Judge.
Judge says Winter Storm Abigail was throwing off even some of the more experienced drivers.
Truck driver David Blenton said he planned to wait out the snow.
"So far with the blowing, it's going to get worse."
He explained he'd rather be safe than sorry.
"If I see multiple accidents, I find a safe place to park and wait until it gets better," he said.
Judge says drivers should always put safety first.
"Slow down, turn your highlights on, seen a lot of people running around without their headlights on, just be aware of changing conditions, traffic stopping suddenly, people keep running into each other."
The State Patrol says one of the best safety measures is to stay off the roads, saying if you don't need to go out, stay home.
The Brown County Sheriff's Department says it responded to more than 60 weather traffic related incidents between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.