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UHP warns you to get ready for winter storm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -With all that snow on it’s way, emergency crews are getting ready. Utah state troopers will work overtime. And some extra troopers might be called in if more help is needed. They want you to be prepared for what’s to come, too.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 UTAH)- With all that snow on it’s way, emergency crews are getting ready. Utah state troopers will work overtime. And some extra troopers might be called in if more help is needed. They want you to be prepared for what’s to come, too.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Nigbur says some people are overly-confident in their expertise in driving in the snow. He says you should check your tires and more sure you’ll have enough traction. And don’t forget about your windshield wipers. You can’t drive if you can’t see.

The last batch of snow brought out plenty of people who were surprised by the conditions.

“It was crazy very weird I was not expecting it. Were you shocked? Yes, very shocked. There was a lot of snow,” said Kelly Gooch.

So this time around, get ready. And don’t use the “I didn’t know” excuse. So what’s the number one reason for crashes during a snow storm? Speed.

“People just go way too fast and we've had scenarios when troopers are going with their lights and sirens on and people are passing them,” said Lt. Jeff Nigbur.

Last year, Lt. Nigbur says 21 troopers were hit while responding to crashes. Some cars swerved too close and hit cop cars or the troopers themselves.

“It's dangerous enough. We really don't need cars coming into our scenes. We've had troopers hit with a car before and luckily they're still with us today,” said Nigbur.

So move over for emergency responders which includes massive machines like tow plow and salt trucks.

“We use white snow on the roads and we also have three kinds of high performance salt that we will use when temperatures get even colder,” said

The worst of this storm is expected in the morning hours. So give your morning commute extra time.

Not just on the roads, but Salt Lake City Firefighters want you to prepare your homes. Get your chimney and furnace checked out. Keep a close eye on space heaters and don’t overload electric outlets or put space heaters near flammable outlets.

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