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WAUSAU PILOT AND REVIEW

Heavy snow, freezing rain and gusty winds in the forecast prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter storm warning for Marathon County starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow, changing to sleet or freezing rain is expected on Thursday with accumulations of between five and eight inches expected. Some ice accumulation is possible, according to weather officials.

Winds will gust as high as 40 mph during the storm and travel could be difficult. The warning will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday.

Strong winds could cause damage to trees, resulting in sporadic power outages, officials said.

Officials say drivers who must travel should keep an extra flashlight, blankets, food, and water in case of an emergency.

Call 5-1-1 for the latest road conditions.