Troop K urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel this weekend during impending winter storm

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 the impending winter storm.

The area’s first significant winter storm is expected to start late this evening into Sunday, December 18, 2016.  This weather event has the potential to make roadways slick and unpredictable.

If you must travel:

Slow down.  Always allow extra time for your commute.

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

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.

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/