New York State Police from Troop K in the Hudson Valley is advising motorists to use extreme caution when traveling the roadways this weekend during the impending winter storm.
The area’s first significant winter storm is expected to start after midnight Saturday and continue through around midday Saturday. Westchester, Putnam and Rockland could see up to 6 inches of accumulation before the changeover to rain Saturday. Dutchess could see up to 8 inches prior to the changeover.
"This weather event has the potential to make roadways slick and unpredictable," state police said.
For those who must travel, the state police is providing these tips:
- Slow down. Always allow extra time for your commute.
- 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.
- 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 511ny.org or call 511.
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