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Don’t Panic, But Be Prepared: Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

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Jan 062022
 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from midnight to noon on Friday, Jan. 7.

Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected for our area and school closings are anticipated for our children’s safety.

Plan on slippery road conditions, as hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute. Snowfall rates could reach or exceed one inch per hour in any heavy snowbands.

We live in New England, we’ve had snowstorms before, we know what to expect, so don’t panic, just be prepared.

From the AAA Website, here are tips for driving in the snow:

(These are especially important to new teen drivers or nervous drivers who cower at the thought of going out on snow covered roads.)

  • Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

Also, you have plenty of time to prepare today before the first snowflake falls. Follow these cold weather driving tips from AAA.

  • Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.

And here’s something that’s VERY important: Clearing the snow from your vehicle

Why you should completely clean off your car before you drive. (Includes the dangers if you don’t and fines you will face)

Winter Weather Advisory: Slippery Roads During Christmas Travel

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Dec 242021
 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 10 p.m. Christmas Eve through 9 a.m. on Christmas Day.

Freezing rain is expected with a total ice accumulations of a light glaze.

Be extremely cautious if you are driving, walking or if are doing anything outdoors, Including letting your dog out.

Anticipate very slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges through morning. We want everyone to be safe and have a very happy holiday.

Be careful and watch out for the other guy who may have had a little too much Christmas Cheer.

 

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

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Mar 012019
 

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. to noon on Saturday, March 2.

Three to five inches of snow is expected in Southern Connecticut.

Plan on slippery road conditions and be prepared to give yourself extra time if you are traveling anywhere.

Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on roadways and don’t forget to clean every inch of snow off your vehicle before hitting the road — the fine for not doing so won’t make you happy!

 

 

Beware of Black Ice, Frigid Temperatures

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Jan 302019
 

Areas of black ice are expected to develop into Wednesday morning.

Temperatures will drop through the teens and lower 20s during this time, causing residual moisture on untreated surfaces to freeze.

Motorists are urged to use extra caution while traveling early Wednesday morning.

An advisory is issued when hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely.

Severe Weather Alert

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Dec 022018
 

The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert for our area until 5 a.m. Monday.

Expect locally dense fog this afternoon with visibilities generally from 1 to 3 miles, which will reduce to one-quarter mile or less at times.

Drivers should be on the lookout for rapidly changing visibility.

If you encounter heavy fog, reduce your speed and use your low beams as high beams will make it even harder to see what lies ahead.

Orange Is In Good Hands Today

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Nov 152018
 

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The Orange Highway Department has tested all its equipment, and the trucks are ready to roll when the first flakes fall this afternoon.

Highway Foreman Don Foyer said the town uses straight salt on the roads and they are all set to get out there to make things safe for drivers today.

“We can handle whatever comes and we’re ready,” he said.

Editor’s Note: The forecast along the coast is calling for a little less accumulation than inland areas, but slippery is slippery, so be careful out there this afternoon and evening. 

If you can, stay home and off the roads. Even if you know your car can handle the conditions, there’s always someone out there that’s going to be in a hurry and a little reckless and that’s how accidents happen. 

Winter Weather Advisory: Snow, Ice, Slippery Conditions Today

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Nov 152018
 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 2 p.m. this afternoon to 11 p.m.

Mixed precipitation is expected with up to two inches of snow with a light glaze of ice on top. Winds may gust up to 35 mph.

Plan for slippery road conditions up to 11 p.m.

The hazardous conditions will impact the evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

Don’t forget to wear warm footwear with traction, the roads aren’t the only surfaces that will be slippery.

Know your vehicle’s capabilities, take it easy, keep a respectable distance between your car and other vehicles. Check traffic reports before venturing out and plan your trip accordingly. Keep an eye out for other drivers who may not be operating as safely as they should be.

Be careful out there and even if it takes longer than you’d like, get back home to your family safely tonight.

Newest Weather Alert: Be Careful Of Icy Conditions

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Feb 082018
 

From the National Weather Service:

Some Icy Conditions Develop Overnight into Early Thursday.

With temperatures dropping well below freezing overnight into Thursday morning, any remaining areas of standing water will freeze, creating ice. This will lead to slippery conditions on any untreated surfaces.

Use extra care and caution if outside and traveling.

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Until 1 p.m.

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Jan 112015
 

winter-weather-advisoryA Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility and use caution while driving.

What to expect:

Ice accumulations up to around 1/10 inch with snow accumulations of less than 1/2 inch.

Southwesterly winds 5-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

Temperatures in the mid to upper 20s tonight, rising to the upper 30s by 1 p.m. Monday.

Precipitation develops after midnight. The heaviest of the wintry precipitation will fall during the morning commute.

Precipitation changes to plain rain by Monday afternoon.

Hazardous travel is expected Monday morning due to icy roadways and walkways.

Be prepared to leave a few minutes earlier for wherever you are going and drive at a reasonable speed leaving plenty of room between yourself and other vehicles.

Remember to downshift to a lower gear if necessary and never slam on your brakes if you’re on slippery roads.

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Til 1 AM Thursday

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Nov 252014
 

winterweatheradvisoryThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Wether Advisory for snow which is in effect from 7 a.m. Wednesday to 1 a.m. Thursday.

It calls for a snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches for our area.

According to the report, we should expect a mix of rain and snow tomorrow morning that should change to mostly snow by early afternoon.

There may be periods of rain mixing in even during the afternoon hours.

The snow will significantly impact holiday travel, making driving dangerous at times.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing ran will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.