Alert: Winter Storm Kayla

Snow expected

Winter Storm Kayla may produce blizzard and-blizzard like conditions across the Rockies and central United States. Heavy snow and high winds are expected over the next several days.

Blizzard warnings and watches are now in effect for parts of five states.

Expected snow for Monday Feb. 1, 2016

Plan on major travel disruptions from blowing snow and slippery roads,

A blizzard warning has been issued for travelers in the Sierra Nevada mountains. A number of alerts have been issued by the National Weather Service extending from Reno, NV to Marquette, MI.

Weather patterns indicate the potential for strong winds. Due to a low pressure front later Monday, winds may reach 30 to 40 MPH with gusts over 50 MPH. High winds may develop in parts of eastern Colorado, western Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. The combination of snow and wind may result in occasional blizzard or near-blizzard conditions in these areas.

Drivers should plan their routes and alternatives accordingly.

Colorado Note: All commercial vehicles traveling on I-70 between milepost 133 (Dotsero exit) and milepost 259 (Morrison exit) must carry sufficient chains to be in compliance with the Colorado chain law. The law requires commercial vehicles to carry chains on this segment of I-70 from September 1st to May 31st.

Drive With Caution

Many skids, jackknifes, and pileups occur when drivers are driving too fast for conditions. In blizzard conditions, drivers can expect whiteouts. The problem with limited visibility is that often traffic will travel at unequal speed. This can result in a rear-end collision, a jackknife if brakes are suddenly applied, or in a multiple-vehicle collision.

Wind is unpredictable. Strong winds can blow a tractor-trailer off of the road, or tip it on its side.

Almost every major storm this winter has resulted in a pileup involving a number of tractor-trailers and serious injuries or traffic fatalities.

Sometimes the prudent thing to do is to park it. If the road is so bad you need chains to stay on it, then it might be a good idea to hunker down until conditions improve. Don’t drive beyond your personal safe driving comfort level.

Thank you for reading this. Have a safe day.