Winter Travel Safety Tips
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 6, 2017
Between Sunday and early Monday, there will be the possibility of accumulating snow across much of the state – and National Weather Service meteorologists are urging residents to be prepared for winter driving.
Early winter weather conditions are possible from west through southeast Wyoming, beginning Sunday, so the National Weather Service and the Wyoming Department of Transportation are encouraging people to build a vehicle winter safety kit and know where to get the latest weather forecasts and road conditions.
Tim Troutman, warning coordination meteorologist at the Riverton NWS office, points out that when you travel Wyoming you can drive long distances without services, so travelers need to be ready to wait out a storm if they become stranded. A vehicle winter safety kit should include non-perishable food, water, essential medications, blankets, flashlights, and a first aid kit. Additionally, travelers should always dress for winter weather when driving and charge cell phones before departing.
But Troutman warns that travelers should be prepared to alter or cancel travel plans if hazardous driving conditions are expected. Travelers are encouraged to check the latest WYDOT road and travel information by calling 511 or by going online to wyoroad.info.