New York State Police is asking people to avoid unnecessary travel this weekend due to the snow storm predicted to slam the are with a a foot of snow or more.
Troopers say they will be out in full force during the storm to provide assistance to local communities, working closely with emergency personnel. and are prepared for the potential increase in storm-related calls.
Drivers who must travel are being urged to use caution, leave with extra time, and to take it slow.
They say to use your best judgement, if it looks too dangerous to travel -- don't risk it.
Bridges, and on and off ramps can be icy, even when other road surfaces are not -- so they say to be aware of that risk getting on and off highways.
They sent along these tips for those who have to travel:
- Get the latest weather forecast and road conditions before leaving via your local weather apps, radio or TV stations.
- Always clean your windows and mirrors FULLY of any snow and ice before driving.
- Keep a full tank of gas
- Make sure fluid levels are topped off (windshield washer fluid, anti-freeze)
- Make sure your spare tire is in working condition, and you have a jack and lug wrench
- Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility to others. Remember, if your windshield wipers are in use due to weather, then your headlights must be on.
- Drive prudently. If the conditions are adverse, you should decrease your speed accordingly.
- Brake early
- Do NOT use cruise control. This decreases your reaction time to apply braking.
- Look out for events farther down the road. Creating more time to react can make a difference.
- Be aware of maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles. Give them room to work.
- Stock your trunk to help you to be safe in case you are stopped or stranded in an area without assistance readily available:
- Gloves, blankets, warmers, tool kit, first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, water, working flashlight and batteries, cell phone charger, etc.
- Shovel, ice scraper, de-icer, snow brush, rock salt or cat litter, tow chain or cable, jumper cables or battery charger, etc.
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