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Winter weather on its way; time to trade those sunglasses and sandals for ice scrapers and chains


Andrew Christiansen

SNOW IN THE SIMCOES: Snow was back in the Simcoe Mountains early this week, making its second appearance this fall, a sure sign that more snow is on its way.

As state highway crews shift into winter gear, they have a few words of advice for drivers: be prepared and slow down.

Those simple words of wisdom could be the difference between a long wait on the highway or more time for family and fun.

"The last thing we want to see is a car in the ditch," said Mike Krahenbuhl, maintenance supervisor on Interstate 90 at Hyak. "That usually means the driver was going too fast or had to avoid someone else going too fast."

Krahenbuhl has spent more than 40 years clearing snow and ice from Washington's roadways. He said it takes just one person driving too fast or forgetting to prepare their vehicle for cold weather to cause a chain-reaction collision.


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