Troop K reminds motorists to avoid unnecessary travel during Winter Storm Stella

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, if they must travel the roadways during Winter Storm Stella.

Winter Storm Stella is expected to impact the region until Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  The combination of low visibility and slippery roadways due to heavy snowfall will result in treacherous travel conditions. Strong winds will result in areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel.  

If you must travel:

Tune in to local radio and news outlets for road closures BEFORE you travel.

Slow down.  

Allow extra time for your commute.

Before driving your vehicle, clean snow and ice from the windows, headlights, and tail lights.

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, and jumper cables.

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

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/