Weather Wise: Winter Driving
Our first storm may be tapering off, but it's leaving behind some treacherous roads. In this week's Weather Wise, Beartooth NBC shows you why our roads can be dangerous, and how you can stay safe while driving.
With an arctic cold front passing through Montana and dumping some of Helena's first measurable snow of the season, roads in the Queen City are becoming more and more dangerous.
AAA Agent Cody Wilson says, "You want to make sure that your car is ready and prepared. Go to a local mechanic shop and get your car prepared for winter before you go out."
After Sunday's initial snow fall, a bottom layer of ice formed. Now, as more snow continues to build up, roads are becoming even more treacherous. Vernon Jones with Capital Tire Factory says there are two crucial times when drivers should be extra cautious.
“Slow down and be much more of a defensive drivers because most accidents occur when you break or maneuver around corners or around accidents in front of you."
With a build up of slush on the roads, combined with colder temperatures, residents could possibly see slicker roads on Tuesday. Jones says it's important for drivers to be prepared for any situation.
"If you do happen to slide off, extra water, candles for extra heat to provide heat, if you do slide off and you are waiting for help."
As the week continues, Helena residents will see a rise in temperatures, melting most of the area's snow and ice. But drivers should still be careful.
Wilson: "The sun is hitting them at a certain time of day, the ice tend to melt but there are certain areas where the sun is not hitting the roads and it looks perfectly fine so it becomes a lot more icy and a lot more dangerous."
This storm is just the first of many. Residents could potentially see another system as soon as next week. And now you're a little more Weather Wise.
Story by Austin Winfield, Beartooth NBC.
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