Winter Storm Warning for Cumberland and Atlantic Counties through Friday night – up to 6 inches of snow

Winter Storm Warning for Cumberland and Atlantic Counties through Friday night – up to 6 inches of snow

On Friday at 4:14 a.m. the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Cumberland and Atlantic counties.

“Total snow accumulations range from 4 to 6 inches,” the weather service reported.

The weather service adds: “Travel may be very difficult. Hazardous conditions may affect morning or evening commutes.” “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 driving safety: Beat the cold with expert tips from the weather service

Winter’s icy grip often makes roads treacherous, resulting in more than 6,000 weather-related deaths and more than 480,000 injuries each year. When you find yourself on roads covered in snow or freezing rain, safety should be your top priority. Slow down and be careful. In temperatures near freezing, it’s wise to assume icy patches on the road and adjust your driving accordingly. Be careful of ice accumulating on power lines and tree branches, as they may break and fall. If possible, avoid driving in these conditions completely. But if you have to venture out, choose routes with fewer trees and power lines, and never touch a downed power line. If you encounter one, call 911 immediately. 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 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. 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.

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.

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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