UTICA -- Local law officials are urging drivers to stay off the roads during the extreme cold weather.
Sheriff Rob Maciol says he's expecting to see disabled vehicles, due to car troubles, while the freezing weather persists. He also says it's important to keep items in your car such as shovels, sand, and salt if you ever get stuck on ice.
Drivers traveling in severe weather conditions are being encouraged to help other drivers in distress.
"Just take that extra minute to help someone if they're in need," Sheriff Maciol said. "Law enforcement, or fire, or EMS services, we can't be everywhere. We certainly don't want anyone to put themselves in any danger or any harms way. If you can't stop and help them, please at least stop and make a call to law enforcement that there's a car broken down. Looks like it's occupied with some people."
The Sheriff says if you do need to go out, make sure to keep at least a half tank of gas in your car and make sure your cell phone is charged.
In the event of car troubles do not wander away from your car.