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Winter weather to impact holiday travel plans

A record-breaking 107 million people are expected to travel for the holidays and with snow and freezing rain in the forecast, our local Department of Transportation has been keeping an eye on the weather.

Posted: Dec. 21, 2017 11:39 PM

A record-breaking 107 million people are expected to travel for the holidays and with snow and freezing rain in the forecast, our local Department of Transportation has been keeping an eye on the weather.

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"Our folks are always paying attention to the National Weather Service in Binghamton," said DOT Jim Piccola. "Also we look at our local forecast all the time and then we have our folks who are out on the road, boots on the ground looking at what is actually what's going on whether it's snowing or what have you and they report in all the time and if need be we send out our trucks."

The DOT has already began prepping, but now its more of a waiting game.

"Usually in front of an event, we pre-treat the roads with brine but because we've already been doing that basically we wait for the event to start and with that mixed bag of precipitation, it kind of makes it a little bit more difficult," continued Piccola. "Hopefully as the event starts we will stay on top of it and our crews will be out there 24/7."

If you are planning to travel this weekend for the holidays, being prepared could be the difference

"Make sure your windshield washer fluid is filled, make sure your wipers are working good, and make sure your tire pressures are checked," said AAA Regional Manager Ed Welsh. "These are all simple things that don't require a whole lot of effort on your part but check on before you go make a list and check it twice."

"Use 511 to see what the road conditions are, give yourself plenty of time and let someone know when you're leaving and when they can expect you to arrive." said Piccola. "And again just take your time and you'll get to where you want to go safely."

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