On Thursday at 3:40 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch valid from 10 a.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday for Warren and Morris counties.
The weather service says, “Heavy snow is possible. Between 4 and 8 inches of total snow accumulation is possible.”
“Travel can be very difficult,” says the weather service. “Follow the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.”
Winter Driving Basics: Weather Service Recommendations for Safe Travel
Winter ice often makes roads dangerous, causing more than 6,000 weather-related vehicle deaths and more than 480,000 injuries each year. When you are on snowy roads or roads that are slippery from freezing rain, your top priority should be safety. Reduce speed and use caution. In temperatures near freezing, it is wise to assume icy patches on the road and adjust your driving accordingly. Watch for ice collecting on power lines and tree branches, as they can break and fall. If possible, avoid driving in these conditions altogether. But if you must venture out, choose routes with fewer trees and power lines, and never touch a downed power line. If you find one, dial 911 immediately. Here are additional winter driving tips from the weather service:
1. Share your travel plans:
When venturing out of town in dangerous winter weather, be sure to inform family or friends of your destination, planned route, and estimated time of arrival.
2. Prepare your vehicle:
Make sure your gas tank is full and equip your vehicle with essential winter supplies, including a windshield scraper, jumper cables, small shovel, flashlight, cell phone, blanket, extra warm clothing, drinking water and high-calorie non-perishable foods.
3. Stay calm when you are stranded:
If you get stranded, maintain your composure. Notify someone about your situation and location. Avoid trying to walk to safety. Place a cloth on your car’s antenna or mirror to signal that you need help. Make your vehicle more visible by using the dome light and turn signal lights.
4. Be careful with snow blowers:
Watch for snow plows and give them plenty of room to pass. Only pass a plow when you have a clear view of the road.
5. Check road conditions:
Before embarking on your trip, check current road conditions to make informed travel decisions.
These winter driving tips from the weather service are the key to safer travel on snow-covered roads. By following these guidelines, you can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and ensure your well-being during difficult winter weather.
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