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First Official Snowfall In Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. -

SPOKANE, Wash. - Several people woke up to snow Sunday morning in Spokane. The city received more than half an inch of snow, making it the first official snow fall for Spokane. Even though the snow did not stick and melted away, it still leaves moisture on the roads, making steep hills slick as the temperature gets lower through the night.

Several drivers say they take it slower to prepare for winter driving conditions.

"I just drive slower, have our studded snow tires, and pray," said Spokane resident Bonnie Sabiston.

"I drive slower and try to get up early," said Spokane resident Mark Flechlin. "Sometimes it is hard to plan because you don't know what the weather is going to look like. The weather man says it is going to snow, but sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't."

Whether or not it does snow more, the roads could still be a little slick when driving to work in the morning. The motto this time of year from the Washington State Department of Transportation is, "Ice and snow, take it slow."

According to the DOT, it only takes one person driving too fast or forgetting to prepare their car for cold weather to cause a chain reaction collision. They recommend driving a slower speeds, especially when approaching intersections, off ramps, bridges, or shaded spots. They also say it is a good idea to accelerate slower.

However, aside from driving slower, there are also a few other things you can do to stay safe this winter. For example, make sure to use your headlights, do not use cruise control, and leave extra space between you and the driver in front of you. Also, if you get stuck behind a snow plow this winter, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. The snow plow drivers have a limited line of sight, so the DOT says to stay back about 15 car lengths.

Finally, it may seem too early, but KHQ talked to one driver who already put on her snow tires.

"I typically get my snow tires on, actually I got them on last week," said Spokane resident Bess Butterworth. "I also just try to break about ten feet before I need to."

Although you may be thinking the lack of snow on the ground means it is too early for those snow tires, think again. The Washington State Patrol says you can start using studded snow tires already. The tires can be on your car from November 1st to March 31st.

Also just a reminder, if you drive through the pass this winter, studded tries are not a substitute for chains. If you have studded tires, but do not have four wheel drive, you would still need to put chains on your car when they are required.

It is also a good idea to check road conditions and information about the pass. You can find that information here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/inform

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