Winter Storm Watch for Sussex County for Saturday and Sunday: Up to 8 inches of snow

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The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, valid from 10 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday for Sussex County.

The weather service says, “Heavy snowfall is possible. Between 5 and 8 inches of total snow accumulation is possible.”

“Weekend trips can be very difficult, especially at night. Snowfall can sometimes reach one centimeter per hour,” reports the weather service. “Follow the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.”

Winter Weather Wisdom: Weather Service Driving Tips in Difficult Conditions

Winter weather can make driving dangerous, resulting in more than 6,000 weather-related vehicle deaths and more than 480,000 injuries each year. When traveling during snow or freezing rain, prioritize safety by reducing your speed. In temperatures near freezing, it is safest to assume that icy conditions exist on the roads and adjust your driving accordingly. Be careful of ice buildup on power lines or tree branches, which can cause breakage and fall hazards. If possible, avoid driving in such conditions. If you must venture out, opt for routes with fewer trees and power lines. Never touch a downed power line and call 911 immediately if you encounter one. 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 such as 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 enough room to pass. Only pass a plow when you have a clear view of the road.

5. Check road conditions:

Before setting off on your trip, check the latest 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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