40 inches of snow...that's how much snow Klamath Falls gets in an 'average' year.
Recent storms have provided a seasonal 'tune-up' for snow plows, and drivers.
Chuck Cox of the Klamath Falls Street Division didn't send out everything he had during recent snow storms...
"With the little bit of snow that we got, we've been very cautious with throwing too much out."
In fact, a city snow plan calls for plowing of residential streets only when there's 4 inches or more of snow, to help stretch a limited budget.
"There's a lot of people that, they don't appreciate it or understand it." Notes Cox. "But we had to set priorities, and the priorities are basically the hospital, the schools, hilly areas, the downtown core."
Road crews have also been busy on icy highways. Lieutenant Jason Westfall of the Oregon State Police points out that some sections of highway in Klamath County are trickier than others...
"97 north of town, up above Collier State Park - that area has quite a few crashes in the wintertime, more than it should. And the other is the traffic safety corridor on Highway 140 west."
Westfall adds that there are three keys to help ensure a safe trip...
"We need to make sure we leave plenty of time to get to our destination. Make sure we leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and make sure you're just going a little slower."
Klamath Falls began developing their snow plan several years ago. You'll find a link to a copy of that plan on the main page of the city of Klamath Falls web site: www.ci.klamath-falls.or.us