A winter storm warning was issued for Monmouth County on Friday – up to 6 inches of snow

A winter storm warning was issued for Monmouth County on Friday – up to 6 inches of snow

The National Weather Service issued an updated winter storm warning at 7:01pm Thursday, valid for Friday between 4am and 10pm for Monmouth County.

“Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches. Locally higher amounts are possible,” the weather service adds.

“Travel may be very difficult. Hazardous conditions may affect morning or evening commutes,” the weather service says. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your car in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.”

Winter Weather Wisdom: Driving tips 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 traveling out of town in dangerous winter weather, inform your family or friends of your destination, planned route and estimated time of arrival.

2. Prepare your car:

Make sure your tank is full and your vehicle is stocked with winter essentials, including a windshield scraper, jumper cables, a small shovel, flashlight, cell phone, blanket, extra warm clothes, drinking water, and non-perishable high-calorie 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 the latest road conditions to make informed travel decisions.

Stay safe on winter roads with valuable winter driving tips from the weather service, and reduce the risk of accidents during difficult weather conditions.

Advanced Local Weather Alerts is a service provided by United Robots, which uses machine learning to collect the latest data from the National Weather Service.

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