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KOTA Territory deals with freezing cold conditions

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It's not hard to describe the weather here in Sheridan.

"Freezing cold," said Coulter Olson, who was walking along the streets of Downtown Sheridan.

And that's helped make it tough to get around on the roads.

"Mostly just trying to get traction and just getting stuck. Last year I was pretty fortunate because winter wasn't too bad, but it's already pretty bad. Yesterday I was snowed in to my driveway," said Olson.

We've been getting two, three calls an hour at least," said Ryan Elliott, a tow truck driver with Ted's Towing in Sheridan.

Ever since snow started falling Monday night, Elliott and his fellow drivers have been logging long hours.

"Three, four foot of snow they're stuck in. Their front wheel drive cars can't get out of it or some people are down in the ravines.

But drivers have more to worry about than just the icy and snowy roads if they want to avoid getting stranded.

"Things get cold and things don't want to move or operate like it usually does. So your battery could freeze and get cold if it sits outside and things don't want to start," said Elliott.

But if worst comes to worst and you have to call a tow truck, give as much detail as possible.

"If their tires are up, all wheel drive, rear wheel drive, if they're stuck, if they're broke down, what's wrong with the vehicle," said Elliott.

Or you might find yourself stuck on the side of the road for much longer.

"We can bring the wrong piece of equipment out and then we got to go back and get another one. It delays everything. They have to wait out there longer in the cold," said Elliott.

The National Weather Service reports that nearby Burgess Junction's low temperature was -24 degrees and the coldest spot in Wyoming was Bondurant on the western side of the state at -35.

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