Watch Out for Snowplows | Big Horn Basin Media

Drivers Cautioned to Watch Out for Snowplows

Written by on December 26, 2017

Mountain areas in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming received over a foot of new snow from the storm that passed through on Saturday, good news for holiday skiers and resorts that have struggled with a slow start to the season.
But travelers headed home after the holidays are cautioned to be extra careful on the highways.
As of this morning, all roads throughout the Basin are slick or slick in spots. And the Wyoming Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be extra alert for snowplows that will be out maintaining the roads when there’s ice and snow.
Motorists collided with two WYDOT snowplows recently in December during two separate snowstorms. While no injuries resulted from either collision, both of which took place on interstates in the southern part of Wyoming, WYDOT officials point out that snowplows travel at speeds between 25 and 45 miles per hour and can create huge fogs of snow. Drivers are cautioned to stay back, and only pass when they can see around the plow itself and feel it is safe to proceed.
Motorists can also travel safer this winter season by checking WYDOT’s 511 travel information website at, having an emergency kit, checking their tires, allotting for extra time to reach their destinations and letting someone know where they’re heading.

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