Troop K urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel this weekend during Winter Storm Jonas

Salt Point, New York – The New York State Police from Troop K, covering Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties, would like to remind motorist to use extreme caution when traveling the roadways this weekend during Winter Storm Jonas.

The area’s first significant winter storm is expected this Saturday, January 23, 2016 into Sunday, January 24, 2016, which has the potential to make roadways slick and unpredictable.

The State Police would like to remind motorists to stay off the roads if possible or allow extra time for your commute.

If you must travel, make sure your car is stocked with survival gear like blankets, shovel, flashlight with batteries, extra warm clothing, snacks, jumper cables, and tire chains if you have them. An extra bottle of washer fluid should also be available.

Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Keep your gas tank as full as possible in the event that you are stranded or stuck in traffic.

Plan ahead by checking your tires for quality tread and proper inflation.

Keep your cell phone battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling. If you should become stranded, you will be able to call for help, advising rescuers of your location.

Make sure someone knows your travel plans and routes.

For road conditions, traffic, travel and transit info, use http://511ny.org/ or
call 511.

Follow road closures and weather alerts on http://www.nyalert.gov/