With an intense storm headed for the area Thursday, the New York State Police are reminding motorists in the Hudson Valley to use extreme caution and to avoid all unnecessary travel.
The area’s first significant winter storm is expected to begin in the predawn hours of Thursday morning with heavy snow from around 6 a.m. through midday.
Snowfall accumulations should be between 8 and 12 inches between the storm winds down late Thursday afternoon.
The weather event will make roadways slick, snow covered, and unpredictable, state police said.
If you must travel, state police say you should:
- 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/ .