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Schools, contractors prep for winter storm

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 18:24:27-05

A snow storm forecasted for later in the week is projected to cripple Thursday morning's commute.

The storm is expected to start Wednesday evening, with rain rain pushing into area. As temperatures fall, the rain will change to snow Wednesday night.

Temperatures could fall fast enough Thursday morning to quickly freeze any rain on the roads, causing a layer of ice under the snow.

Ben Kloos, who owns a snow and ice removal business, is spending today and tomorrow checking his equipment. He's preparing for a long night overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

"It's going to be windy like it is now, it's going to be hard to see. So, you're definitely going to have to pay attention," Kloos said. "From a contractor perspective, we're out during before and after the storm. so it'll be a long journey."

3 News Now meteorologist Ryan McPike says for morning commuters, it won't be easy. Besides the amount of snow, the timing Thursday morning could have the biggest impact.

"This storm looks like a powerhouse. The big question mark here is how much snow are we going to get?" McPike said. "Thursday morning's commute looks to be a bear. It looks to be a real mess. Slick, potentially a lot of snow on the ground, as the snow dries out, we'll get blowing and drifting snow. That'll reduce visibility and potentially cause more problems on the roads."

Millard Public Schools superintendent Jim Sutfin says parents and students have been contacting him on social media, asking if there will be a snow day.

"The superintendents in the metro, we all work together and try to cover our bases of what roads are really like and what the storm totals look like," Sutfin said. "We have some parameters we live by."

Sutfin says he will be on a conference call with the National Weather Service at 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Then he will go out and drive around the district before making the call.