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400 PM MDT MON OCT 17 2016


Winter Weather Preparedness Week continues through Saturday October
22nd, 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

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 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.

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.

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