WYDOT reminds drivers to take it slow on snowy roads

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A Wyoming Department of Transportation official said the 2019-2020 winter hasn’t been too terrible. He also said it hasn’t been the best.

The view from a Wyoming Department of Transportation snowplow near Casper, Wyo. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

WYDOT spokesperson Jeff Goetz said it is bad in a few areas.

“The biggest challenge is there are a few areas around Casper and Central Wyoming that we’ve literally run out of space to store snow,” he said. “So we’ve kind of had to go back in and push some of that snow out of the ditches and try to move it to other places.”

He said this year’s snow totals have pushed smaller snow fences to their limit with some unable to keep up.

Goetz also reminds drivers to be cautious driving in these conditions, especially near a snowplow.

“Take extra time, be patient and be aware and put the cell phone down in conditions and turn your lights on and pay attention to what’s going on around you. You know, just because you think you can drive well in this stuff doesn’t mean everybody has that same capability,” Goetz said.

Drivers should also slow down near snowplows. Though they have blinking lights, snow often covers them making it hard to see one.

Goetz said crews will clean the lights but they quickly get covered up in a snowstorm.

He also said if drivers see a cloud of snow on the road, it’s likely coming from a plow, semi-truck or other large vehicle.