Dozens of families brave bad roads, gusty winds for sledding

Dozens of families brave bad roads, gusty winds for sledding
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Snow, sun and wind that wouldn’t let up Saturday made for road conditions that were constantly changing, which kept many off the roads. But some braved the gusty winds and blowing snow for a day of sledding.

“Well, we came here to have some fun and this is the best way to do it in the winter with some snow,” said Mason Kins, who made the trip to Manito Park to sled with his daughter. “Otherwise, it’s no fun at all.”

Though judging by the last two days, the Kins family’s trip home may not have been so much fun. Between Friday and Saturday, Spokane Police responded to over 100 crashes.

“It can be deceiving because with the wind, the wind is just carrying this nice light snow right across all of those icy spots, so you really have to pay attention to your driving,” said Cpl. Teresa Fuller. “The plowed roads are looking fairly decent but when you get on those residential side streets, it can be pretty dicey sometimes.”

Fuller said it’s best to avoid travel if you can, but if you do have to make a trip — play it safe.

“It’s extremely important to slow down. The speed limit is for optimum conditions,” said Fuller. “Obviously, these are way less than optimum conditions so we want everyone to take that extra time.”

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