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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
401 PM MDT MON OCT 20 2014

...WINTER TRAVEL SAFETY...

WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY OCTOBER
25TH...AS PROCLAIMED BY GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER. PREPAREDNESS IS A
BIG PART OF THIS CAMPAIGN. BEFORE WINTER WEATHER ARRIVES IN
EARNEST...IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU PREPARE YOUR CAR OR
TRUCK FOR WINTER TRAVEL.

A WELL EQUIPPED VEHICLE HAS ADEQUATE TIRES...TIRE CHAINS...TOW
ROPE...SAND OR CAT LITTER FOR TRACTION...SHOVEL...TOOL KIT...
WINDSHIELD SCRAPER AND BRUSH...BATTERY CABLES...FIRST AID KIT...
FLASHLIGHT...EXTRA BATTERIES...BLANKETS AND/OR SLEEPING BAGS...
EXTRA CLOTHING...CANDLES...WATER-PROOF MATCHES...JUG OF
WATER...HIGH CALORIE PACKAGED FOOD FOR QUICK ENERGY...AND AN
EMPTY CAN TO MELT SNOW FOR DRINKING.

THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT TREACHEROUS WINTER TRAVEL IS TO AVOID IT.
THIS CAN BE DONE BY STAYING INFORMED ABOUT THE CURRENT WEATHER AND
ROAD CONDITIONS AS WELL AS THE LATEST WEATHER FORECASTS.
INFORMATION ON ROAD CONDITIONS IN COLORADO IS AVAILABLE ON THE
WEB AT WWW.COTRIP.ORG OR FROM THE TOLL FREE NUMBER 1-877-315-7623.
WHEN CALLING FROM ANYWHERE IN COLORADO...DIALING 511 WILL ALSO
ACCESS THE COLORADO ROAD REPORTS. ADDITIONALLY...A FREE SMARTPHONE
APPLICATION...CDOT MOBILE...IS AVAILABLE. ROAD CONDITIONS FOR
NEIGHBORING STATES CAN BE OBTAINED ON A LINK FROM WWW.COTRIP.ORG.

IF YOU SHOULD BECOME STRANDED DURING A WINTER STORM...STAY WITH
YOUR VEHICLE AND DO NOT PANIC. IF ACCOMPANIED BY OTHERS...TAKE
TURNS SLEEPING. RUN THE MOTOR EVERY HOUR FOR ABOUT TEN MINUTES TO
MAINTAIN WARMTH...BUT KEEP WINDOWS OPEN A LITTLE TO PREVENT THE
BUILDUP OF CARBON MONOXIDE. MAKE SURE THE EXHAUST PIPE IS NOT
BLOCKED. KEEP THE CAR VISIBLE WITH BRIGHTLY COLORED CLOTHS TIED TO
THE SIDE VIEW MIRRORS...DOOR HANDLES...OR EXTERNAL ANTENNA. AT
NIGHT...TURN ON THE DOME LIGHT WHEN RUNNING THE ENGINE. EXERCISE
PERIODICALLY BY VIGOROUSLY MOVING ARMS...LEGS...TOES AND FINGERS.

IN THE MOUNTAINS...AVALANCHES BECOME A POSSIBILITY IN THE
WINTER...ESPECIALLY BELOW STEEP SLOPES. AVALANCHES OCCASIONALLY
COME DOWN ACROSS ROADS...WITH LITTLE OR NO WARNING. HOWEVER...
AVALANCHE CONTROL WORK IS PERFORMED ON MANY AVALANCHE PRONE ROADS
IN COLORADO...MAKING THE ROADS SAFER TO TRAVEL. CAUTION IS ADVISED
WHEN TRAVELING ALONG AVALANCHE PRONE ROADS...ESPECIALLY DURING AND
SHORTLY AFTER A HEAVY SNOWSTORM OR DURING PERIODS OF RAPID
SNOWMELT.

VERY STRONG DOWNSLOPE WINDS OCCUR AT TIMES MAINLY ALONG THE FRONT
RANGE OF COLORADO. THESE CHINOOK AND BORA WINDS CAN HAVE GUSTS
EXCEEDING 100 MPH. PERSONS TRAVELING IN LIGHT WEIGHT OR HIGH
PROFILE VEHICLES SHOULD AVOID TRAVEL DURING THESE STRONG WIND
EVENTS ESPECIALLY ON NORTH-SOUTH ORIENTED ROADS.

ROADS WHICH APPEAR TO BE CLEAR IN THE WINTERTIME MAY ACTUALLY BE
COATED WITH A THIN LAYER OF ICE...COMMONLY KNOWN AS BLACK ICE.
THIS NEARLY INVISIBLE ICE LAYER CAN CAUSE YOU TO RAPIDLY LOSE
CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE. BLACK ICE IS MOST COMMON DURING THE
NIGHTTIME HOURS. IF YOU DETECT BLACK ICE...YOU SHOULD REDUCE YOUR
SPEED.

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE WINTER TRAVEL SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH
COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

$$

JIM PRINGLE
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
GRAND JUNCTION


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