Winter weather is officially here, and that means there are a few months of snow, ice and cold ahead. Utah can get cold, but even if you aren't a fan of winter, there are several ways you can survive until spring comes around.
Here are seven tips to get you through the months of frigid temperatures in Utah.
Be safe while driving
Driving can be one of the most dangerous parts of winter, with snow, ice and sometimes freezing rain covering roadways. There are several things each driver can do to stay safe when conditions aren’t ideal.
- Scrape windows completely - Plan each morning/trip so you have enough time to completely scrape your windows. Keep a scraper and small broom in your car for snow and ice removal.
- Slow down and increase stopping distance - On winter roads, with snow and ice, it takes longer to stop. To compensate, decrease speed and increase your following distance from the car ahead of you.
- Use your headlights - If there is poor visibility, drive with your headlights on to see and be seen.
Own a good pair of boots
Sneakers are comfortable and great for working out, but they aren’t great for winter. Sneakers are breathable, meaning they let air in, but that also means they let water and cold in.
Buy a great pair of waterproof boots to keep your feet dry and warm.
While you’re at it, get a durable coat, warm gloves, a warm hat and long underwear.
Pay attention to the weather forecasts
Check the weather forecast in advance to see if you need to wake up or leave early to get to your destination. With proper planning, you can take the time you need while driving and make sure you are dressed for the conditions. UDOT frequently updates road conditions and current crashes on its website at www.udot.utah.gov/traffic.
Find a winter activity you enjoy and do it
Utah is a great place for fun winter activities. Whether you like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing or another way to enjoy the snow, get out there and make the best of what winter has to offer. You can do all of these activities in Utah County.
One word: Soup
One of the best ways to warm up on a cold winter day is with a big bowl of hearty soup. Throw the ingredients in a crock pot in the morning and have a great dinner that will warm your soul.
For great soup recipes, visit our Mom Click recipes section or check out where to find nine delicious soups at local restaurants.
Take a vacation — preferably to somewhere warm
If the cold really gets to you, plan a winter vacation to a warmer climate. Often you can get a great deal on off-season travel during the winter out of Provo's airport or Salt Lake City. Disneyland is a day drive away, as well as sunny Arizona.
Stock up on hot chocolate and binge watch Netflix
When all else fails, grab a piping hot cup of hot cocoa, a warm blanket and park in front of the TV until spring flowers bloom. There are plenty of new things to binge on Netflix.