Why spin through the snow when you don’t have to?

The snow just won’t stop falling, or so it seems.

Emergency officials have had to close and reopen major east-west passes all week, thanks to an unrelenting series of mountain storms.

U.S. 2 was closed all day Thursday and state officials expected to struggle all weekend to keep it open as truck traffic diverted from Snoqualmie Pass heads this way.

The chaos of it all reminds me of my days learning how to drive in Flagstaff, Ariz., where the snow falls hard often.

Once, not long after I got my first truck, I was driving southbound on a six-lane road (yes, Flagstaff does have one of those). I was driving slowly, carefully. My four-wheel drive was on. I was in the far right lane, trying to stay out of the way.

Suddenly, with no sudden movements by me, my truck started spinning. It spun. And spun. And spun.

When it finally came to rest, thankfully I was upright and my truck was unscathed.

I also happened to have crossed all six lanes of traffic. Apparently the opposing curb is what finally stopped me.

Troopers are urging drivers to stay away from the mountain passes if they can until the roads can be cleared up. I couldn’t agree more. Why tempt fate if you don’t have to?

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