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Dinolfo: Drivers Should Exercise Caution During the Evening Commute, Overnight

With the National Weather Service anticipating a significant drop in temperatures and the potential flash-freezing on local roads over the course of the next few hours, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is asking drivers to exercise caution during the evening commute. Dinolfo also encouraged residents to use discretion when travelling during the late evening and overnight hours, as high rates of snowfall are likely impact road conditions through Saturday morning.

“My public safety team and I have been monitoring this storm for several days and we’ve received multiple updates from the National Weather Service today,” said Dinolfo. “As temperatures continue to fall over the next few hours, the potential exists for flash freezing on local roads and highways during the evening commute. I encourage everyone to prepare for challenging conditions and to exercise caution on the way home this evening. I also encourage residents to stay home and allow local plows to do their jobs during the overnight hours when the snow will be the heaviest.”

“Our Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor local conditions throughout the event and has remained in constant contact with our local towns and villages through our innovative new WebEOC Snow and Ice Board technology,” Dinolfo continued.

To prepare for the coming storm, Dinolfo offers the following tips:

· Stay informed – check the news for further emergency information and up-to-date information on weather conditions.
· Motorists are urged to avoid travel during hazardous driving conditions and are asked to travel when absolutely necessary. If you must travel, take all precautions and allow extra time to reach your destination.
· Keep a warm blanket, water and other supplies in your vehicle in the event of being stranded during a storm.
· Avoid driving while you are fatigued and make sure you have the proper amount of rest before driving in the snow and/or ice.
· Never warm up your car in an enclosed area like a garage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
· Make sure your tires are all the same type and are properly inflated.
· Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
· Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface.
· Always use your seatbelt every time you get into a vehicle.
· Dress appropriately – wear loose, lightweight and warm clothing in several layers; also wear hats and gloves.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT OFFICIALLY RESTRICT TRAVEL IN MONROE COUNTY, but is intended to remind residents of the challenges of traveling during winter weather.