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Advice for upcoming snowstorm: Stay home

Jan 8, 2024, 5:00 PM | Updated: May 29, 2024, 4:08 pm

People hike to Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023....

People hike to Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

(Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is bracing for a snowstorm forecasted to last several days. The Utah Department of Public Safety has a word of advice: stay home if you can.

“If you don’t have to drive, that’s the number one thing, please don’t,” said Hillary Koellner, who is public information officer for the DPS.

The most recent storm in Utah resulted in about 280 crashes. But many people don’t have the luxury of staying home for several consecutive days.

“If you do have to drive, make sure that you’re leaving with enough time so that you can make sure that you’re slowing down for weather conditions. Just because it says 45 miles per hour, it doesn’t mean that’s the appropriate speed for snow or black ice,” said Koellner.

Be ready for the weather

If there are crashes on the roads or your car is stuck in the snow, having emergency supplies in your car is essential. Take the time now to pack blankets, medication, water and an emergency kit.

Also, fill up your car’s gas tank. If you end up stuck in a snowbank, the extra fuel will run the car heater which will help keep you warm.

“People need to prepare with the essentials they need while they are out and about. That’s the time when they tend to be caught off-guard,” said Koellner.

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