People urged not to drive during storm, but not all heed warnings

People urged not to drive during storm, but not all heed warnings (PHOTO: KOMO News)

SHORELINE, Wash. — Some roads still haven't recovered from the last batch of snow and it remains to be seen how will drivers respond to the next band of winter weather.

People already got a taste of the trouble involved in navigating through a snow storm from what fell on Sunday. That was enough for some.

“I plan on coming home from work tomorrow and going no place over the weekend,” said Charlie Hill.

Others are a bit more adventurous.

“I’ll give it a shot, depending on what the roads look like,” said Prem Gnanarajah. “If it's terrible then I'll stay home."

Before any plowing begins road crews will be laying down salt, brine and sand to get ahead of the coming storm. They will give priority to major streets near hospitals and schools, and also work the routes that help buses, police and fire trucks.

“This storm is special. It's more intense than a typical storm and we've got a big job to do,” said Dave McCormick with WSDOT.

Those who must drive are asked to fill their gas tanks ahead of time, check their tire pressure and bring emergency supplies like blankets, water and snacks just in case they get stuck and have to wait for emergency crews to help.

State troopers said big problems happen when people abandon their vehicles. They keep snow plows from clearing roads and are a hazard for other drivers. Their advice is to stock up ahead of time, then stay home until it all blows through.

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