Motorists Urged to Avoid Unnecessary Travel During Potential Winter Storm

The New York State Police from Troop K, covering Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties, would like to remind motorist to use extreme caution, if they have to travel the roadways tomorrow during the potential winter storm.

The area’s first significant winter storm is expected to start late this evening into Thursday, February 9, 2017.  Latest forecasts show the potential for over an inch of snow an hour during the morning commute. This weather event will make roadways slick, snow covered, and unpredictable.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel. 

If you must travel:

Slow down.  Always allow extra time for your commute.

Before driving your vehicle, clean snow, ice or dirt from the windows, headlights, and tail lights.

Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Make sure your car is stocked with survival gear like blankets, shovel, flashlight with batteries, extra warm clothing, snacks, jumper cables, and tire chains if you have them. An extra bottle of washer fluid should also be available.

Keep your gas tank as full as possible in the event that you are stranded or stuck in traffic.

Plan ahead by checking your tires for quality tread and proper inflation.  Additionally, replace worn windshield wiper blades.

Keep your cell phone battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling. If you should become stranded, you will be able to call for help, advising rescuers of your location.

Make sure someone knows your travel plans and routes. 

For road conditions, traffic, travel and transit info, use http://511ny.org/ or call 511.

Follow road closures and weather alerts on http://www.nyalert.gov/


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