A winter weather warning affects Henry and Houston counties until midday Tuesday
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory at 1:36 a.m. Tuesday, valid for Tuesday between 5 a.m. and noon for Henry and Houston counties.
The weather service states: “Slow down and use caution when traveling. Use caution when traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, hat and gloves. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.”
Winter driving essentials: Recommendations from the weather service for safe trips
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 winter driving tips from the weather service:
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 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. Report your condition and location to someone. Avoid trying to walk to safety. Signal that you need help by attaching a cloth to your car’s antenna or mirror, and make your car more visible with dome light and flashers
4. Pay attention to snow plows:
Watch the snow plows and allow 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.
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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