Troopers ask drivers to slow down ahead of Monday's winter storm

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on February 2, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 7:46 AM

BOISE -- Another winter storm is predicted to make its way into Southern Idaho by late Sunday evening and into Monday morning.

Idaho State Police troopers are also keeping an eye out for changing road conditions.

“(We) try to make a presence, help people to slow down so that people can drive safe,” said Trooper Nathan Madenford.

Madenford told KTVB Sunday night that troopers have put themselves on standby, and are asking commuters to take their time.

“The biggest problem we see out there is people driving too fast for conditions, people not giving enough room,” said Madenford.

Although troopers say the same thing before every winter storm, Madenford said the mistakes stem from drivers forgetting how quickly road conditions can turn.

“They are used to driving fast because its dry, then it gets wet and they just continue to drive fast and then you get icy, snowy roads and they can’t stop in time,” he said.

ISP reminds drivers to be patient as they head out for their Monday morning commute and know that when slide offs and rollovers do happen, troopers will be on their way as soon as they can.

Madenford said they will position themselves at spots where crashes are likely to occur.

“Just drive slow and drive safe and get wherever you are going safe,” he said.

You can see the latest First Alert Forecast and road conditions here.

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