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With more snow on the way, drivers urged to use caution around snow plows

Posted at 4:39 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 11:31:52-05
Snow Plow
The first blizzard warning of the season was issued earlier this week where the wind and snow collided along the Northern Rocky Mountain Front. (MTN News photo)

WHITEFISH – As we anticipate more snow this weekend, city officials are reminding folks to take caution when snow plows are on the road.

City of Whitefish Public Works Director Craig Workman says cars need to be at least four lengths behind snow plows as they are working. He reminds folks that just because you can see the plow doesn’t mean the plow driver can see you, emphasizing the importance to keep your distance.

Usually these plows are one to two-ton trucks, so getting in their way is dangerous.

“The best thing you can do is just stay in your lane and let the plow truck go by you,” Workman said. “They, by law, do follow the same ordinances and road laws that vehicles do, and so it’s safe for vehicles to stay in their own lane and let the plow trucks pass.”

Workman reminds folks that it is illegal to dump snow from your property into the streets. This is dangerous for cars and causes problems for snow plows as they need to redirect to clear the extra snow.