Forest Service Road 137

Our mountain has snow! It has been reported that there is approximately 8 to 10 inches of snow along Big Flat and 10 to 12 inches of snow on the ground around LeBaron Reservoir. Forest Service Road FS-153 above Puffer Lake and FS-137 remain passable, although 4x4 vehicles are recommeded. Road conditions in these areas and other unpaved mountain roads are subject to change often during this time of year and may become impassable soon.

Winter Driving Checklist

When preparing to drive in winter conditions and especially when that drive involves out of the way areas, it is a good idea to make a checklist to help ensure that the drive goes as expected. Listed below are a few essentials that should be on that list.

  • Make sure that your car has been properly serviced and check your:
    • Battery
    • Oil
    • Cooling System
    • Belts
    • Windshield Wipers
    • Windshield Washer Reservoir
    • Tire Pressure and Tread
    • Defroster/Heater
  • Plan your travel route and let someone know about it
  • Stock your vehicle with:
    • Shovel, broom, and ice scraper
    • Tire Chains
    • Abrasive material like sand or kitty litter (to put under the tires for traction in case you get stuck)
    • A basic car emergency kit
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • Blankets and extra warm clothing
    • Cell phone with charger, water, food, and required medicine

Winter Driving Emergency

If your car is stuck or stalled in winter conditions, follow these safety rules:

  • Stay with your car and do not over exert yourself (sweat is a killer)
  • Call for help
  • Put bright markers on your antenna and windows
  • Keep an interior light on (being careful not to run your battery down)
  • To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide:
    • Clear any snow away from your exhaust pipe
    • Do not run your vehicle for extended periods without good ventilation
    • Run your vehicle sporadically and only long enough to stay warm

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