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Dinolfo: With Winter Weather on the Way, Please Drive Safely Tonight and Tomorrow

With the National Weather Service anticipating a significant drop in temperatures and the potential for blowing snow and flash-freezing on local roads starting late tonight and continuing through Friday morning, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is asking drivers to take special caution in preparation for the return of winter weather.

“Those of us who live and work in Monroe County are battle-tested winter weather warriors, but the coming cold front could make local road conditions challenging overnight and into the morning commute,”said Dinolfo. “With the return of winter weather on the way, I am asking residents to please join me in driving especially carefully tonight and tomorrow. As always, our Office of Emergency Management will be monitoring these conditions and stands ready to respond in whatever way necessary.”

To prepare for the return of winter weather, 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 seat belt 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 RESTRICT TRAVEL IN MONROE COUNTY, but is intended to remind residents of the challenges of traveling during winter weather.