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Butte County, Calif.--Throughout the day communities in higher elevations saw a lot of snow and hail, but the lower valley was also affected. This afternoon there were several car crashes along Highway 149 north of Oroville because of a hail storm that came through, and that's why the California Highway Patrol wants to give you tips on how to stay safe.

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 5:10 PM

Butte County, Calif.--Throughout the day communities in higher elevations saw a lot of snow and hail, but the lower valley was also affected.

This afternoon there were several car crashes along Highway 149 north of Oroville because of a hail storm that came through, and that's why the California Highway Patrol wants to give you tips on how to stay safe.

The CHP said that when this storm came through, they saw an increase in the number of crashes they had to respond to. 

Officer hugh holden told action news now they have every availabke officer patrolling the roads when it begins to get slippery to make sure you get to your destination safely.

However he said drivers should be making sure they leave early and give themselves more time, you want to reduce your speed and increase your following distance to give yourself the best chance to react and stop.

"Make sure you're wearing your seat belt, turn those headlights on so you're the most visible. Anytime the weather is such that you have to use your windshield wipers, your headlights should be on," officer Holden said. 

When this hail storm came through, Cal Trans crews were out here plowing a lot of it, but its worth repeating that tou have to slow down because there is always an increase in collisions once these storms start.

With all these wet roads, the temperature is expected to drop again tonight causing a lot of black ice, so make sure you give yourself some extra time tomorrow morning as you leave for work and school.

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