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Round 1 of first winter storm of the season arrives

Along with traveling slower during winter weather, drivers should also exercise caution when driving near snow plows.

Posted: Dec 12, 2017 9:19 AM

Round one of the snow storm has arrived, which means slick roads for the morning commute. Drivers should slow down and give themselves extra time to get to their location.

Along with traveling slower, drivers should also exercise caution when driving near snow plows. The state Department of Transportation’s new safety campaign this season is, “Don’t crowd the plow.”

Officials say they see drivers following too closely, and they also see drivers trying to pass plows. Both of those are bad ideas.

“We encourage people to stay behind the plows because the roads usually in front of the plows are in a lot worse condition than they are in back,” said Jim Piccola, public information officer for Region 2. “So that's why we say to just give us a little bit of time and we'll get you to where you want to go."

Piccola says a good rule of thumb is that if you can’t see the side mirrors on a snow plow, the plow drivers can’t see you.

The snow is expected to taper off around noon, then return this evening, which means roads could be slick again for the evening commute.

Tomorrow there will be lake effect snow north and south of the Mohawk Valley, and conditions will be windy with blowing and drifting snow, with wind chills near zero degrees.

For the latest forecast and weather updates from the StormTracker 2 weather team, visit wktv.com/weather.

In the event that schools are closed or delayed, you can find the complete list at wktv.com/weather/closings.

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