A winter weather warning has been issued for 8 New Jersey counties for Friday – up to 4 inches of snow

A winter weather warning has been issued for 8 New Jersey counties for Friday – up to 4 inches of snow

On Wednesday at 3:16 PM, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory effective for Friday between midnight and 7 PM for Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth and Mercer counties.

“Total snow accumulations ranged from 2 to 4 inches,” the weather service added.

“Plan for slippery road conditions. Hazardous conditions can impact morning or evening commuting,” the weather service states. “Slow down and be careful when traveling. You can get the latest road conditions for the state you are calling from by calling 5 1 1.”

Winter Driving Guide: Tips from the weather service for safe and sound travel

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 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. 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. Beware of 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 current 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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