SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Monday morning started Sunday night for Utah Department of Transportation workers preparing for the big winter storm scheduled to slam into the Beehive State before the sun.
"This is going to be a big storm," said UDOT spokesperson John Gleason. "It's a classic Utah storm."
UDOT has been planning for tomorrow's effort to safeguard roads for a couple days, making any needed repairs to the state's 550 plows.
The Utah Highway Patrol says storms of this caliber have resulted in 100-200 crashes statewide in the past. Speed is typically the top culprit in weather-related accidents.
"Stay home. It's a holiday tomorrow," said Corporal Chris Bishop. "Enjoy time with your family."
But if you have to drive, leave early and take it slow.
Warmer weather Sunday means the storm will begin as rain before turning into snow as the temperatures drop into the morning. Salt on the roads may wash away depending on the amount of rain, Gleason said.
Leaving earlier improves your odds of avoiding snow buildup.
"It's Monday, it may be a little hard to get going, but if you can get out the door early you're going to save yourself a lot of trouble," Gleason said.