City, state officials talk about early snowstorm and remind drivers to be vigilant during snowy conditions

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 7:08 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - For Cheyenne Public Works Director, Vicki Nemecek and WYDOT Public Affairs Specialist, Aimee Inama, they have lived in Cheyenne a combined 35 years. This is the first time they have seen snow come to the Cowboy State this early.

“I’ve seen it around mid September, but I’ve never seen it at Labor Day or earlier than that,” said Nemecek.

Whether it was snow or sleet, the road conditions can be tricky. Inama said WYDOT crews have been out working on the roads since the storm began Monday night.

“What they’re encountering so far are just slushy conditions, snowy conditions and there are some icy conditions, and the icy conditions have resulted from it being extremely warm the other day, to all of a sudden going down to cooler temperatures,” said Inama.

The snowy conditions are not only dangerous for drivers, but the quality of the roads as well.

“The three worst things for your roadway is water, water, water. Any kind of precipitation does do damage to the roads if you don’t have that drainage system,” said Nemecek.

Though the storm has not been that bad, it’s important to be extra cautious on the roads, no matter how much snow has fallen.

“Making sure you have plenty of time to get to your destinations because you want to go slow in these conditions. Any kind of wintery conditions, you definitely want to slow it down and plan ahead,” said Inama.

“It’s always a good idea to drive according to the conditions, so when it’s wet, and it’s freezing, that means you’re probably gonna have some slick spots, so slow down, be careful and arrive safely,” said Nemecek.

Nemecek also said if the public sees slick spots around town, give the city a call at 637-6263 and they will take care of it.

Wyoming Highway Patrol also said, from what its seen Tuesday, Wyomingites need to be better on the roads.

Lt. Tim Romig said the conditions stretch from Nebraska to Utah across the I-80 corridor and people have been driving too fast all day.

Romig said there have been significant closures Tuesday and the driving has also turned dangerous. He said a snow plow and a “road closed” gate were hit. Plows and gates are two huge pieces to keeping people safe on the roads during the snowy conditions. For Romig, he said people just need to remember how to drive, period.

“That little extra stuff you might’ve gotten away with when there was nobody else on the road, and the asphalt was dry, and there was no adverse conditions whatsoever, is now gonna cause you a problem,” said Romig.

Romig said he’s also disappointed because a lot of what they’re seeing have been crashes, not accidents.

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