Wausau, Wisc. (WAOW) — Authorities dealt with crashes and put out warnings after dense fog crept through North Central Wisconsin on Thursday.
A Wisconsin statute requires drivers to turn on their headlights in overcast conditions.
“We’re pulling people over and giving them a friendly reminder,” said Lieutenant Steve Denovi from the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office. “It is a contributing factor to a lot of the crashes we’re having.”
Lt. Denovi said automatic headlights may not turn on completely in overcast conditions. “We’re asking that you don’t necessarily pay so much attention or rely on your automatic settings on your vehicles,” Lt. Denovi said.
Off the road, the fog served as a reminder that Spring is on its way.
Jerry Buerer, a Wausau resident and self-proclaimed “unintentional Wausonian,” said, “I had to go out the window to figure out – is that snow? and it turns out it was fog.”
Melting snow, a sign of Spring, also contributed to hazardous road conditions on Thursday. Lt. Denovi said that water can cover potholes and cause hydroplaning. So, he said, “Increase your following distance and please use your headlights.”