Sub-zero temperatures on the way for the Wasatch Front

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Depending on who you ask you may get a mixed reaction about the latest big snow storm, but you likely won’t have a hard time finding someone cynical about what's coming next, sub-zero temperatures.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Depending on who you ask you may get a mixed reaction about the latest big snow storm, but you likely won’t have a hard time finding someone cynical about what's coming next, sub-zero temperatures.

Forecasters tell ABC 4 for the next week, low temperatures in the Salt Lake Valley will be hovering around zero degrees. That can be a dangerous combination when you add all the snow covering the roads.

You may have thought shoveling snow off your driveway was bad enough.

"This is one of the bigger storms we've had," said Brian Fullmer while shoveling his driveway.

"No fun, not a lot of fun," said Brooke Clark while shoveling her driveway.

But the fun's not over yet. Forecasters predict more snow is on the way and temperatures will plummet. So if you had it rough driving through Utah’s recent winter wonderland, you may struggle even more this weekend.

UDOT knows it all too well.

"When you get cold temperatures like this, salt becomes less effective and snow can pile up and so that makes our job a little more challenging because we have to be out there non-stop," said John Gleason, UDOT spokesperson.

911 operators are also planning to go non-stop. When the temperature drops their calls go up, answering everything from house fires to medical emergencies.

"It'll continue to ramp up as well, because we'll continue to have those types of accidents and injuries that'll happen when (people) are out there in the weather," said Mike Veenendaal, Fire Operations Manager, Valley Emergency Communications Center.

So if your biggest problem is shoveling the walk, maybe it's not as bad as you thought.

"Maybe I'll call the Boy Scouts, they do this don't they?" joked Clark.

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