A winter storm warning has been issued for Marion and Winston counties through Tuesday morning
On Sunday at 4:42 a.m. the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning valid from 6 p.m. through Tuesday 6 a.m. for Marion and Winston counties.
The weather service comments, “A wintry mix of heavy rain is expected. Total snow accumulations are up to two inches and ice accumulations are about one-tenth of an inch.”
“Plan for slippery road conditions. Hazardous conditions can impact morning or evening commutes,” the weather service explains. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your car in case of an emergency.”
Driving safely in winter: expert advice from the weather service for difficult conditions
Winter weather can make driving dangerous, resulting in more than 6,000 weather-related deaths and more than 480,000 injuries each year. When traveling during snow or freezing rain, prioritize safety by slowing down. In near-freezing temperatures, it is safe to assume icy conditions on the roads and adjust your driving accordingly. Be careful of ice accumulating on power lines or tree branches, which can lead to breakage and fall hazards. If possible, avoid driving in such conditions. If you have to venture out, choose routes with fewer trees and power lines. Never touch a downed power line, and immediately call 911 if you encounter one. Here are additional tips for driving in winter weather:
1. Share your travel plans:
When heading out of town in dangerous winter weather, be sure to inform family or friends of your destination, intended route, and estimated time of arrival.
2. Prepare your car:
Make sure your tank is full and stock your car with winter essentials such as a windshield scraper, jumper cables, a small shovel, flashlight, cell phone, blanket, extra warm clothes, drinking water, and high-calorie non-perishable foods.
3. Keep calm when you’re stranded:
If you’re stranded, stay calm. Tell someone about your condition and location. Avoid trying to walk to safety. Attach a rag to your car antenna or mirror to indicate that you need help. Make your car more visible with dome light and flashers.
4. Pay attention to snow plows:
Watch the snow plows and give them plenty of room to pass. Only pass a plow when you have a clear view of the road ahead.
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 your key to a safer trip on snow-covered roads. By following these guidelines, you can significantly reduce your risk of accidents and ensure your health during difficult winter weather.
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