Winter Weather Will Soon Arrive

Published at 1:45 p.m.

Cooler weather has arrived and the first “official” day of winter – Dec. 21 – will be here before you realize. Whether you enjoy the snow – and wintery weather – or not, we know that snow can occur before the “official” start of winter. And many experts are predicting that this year’s winter will be a bad one.

The region may even experience its first snowfall today. However, according to the National Weather Service forecast, a total daytime snow accumulation this afternoon is expected to be less than a half inch. There is also a chance of snow overnight, mainly before 1 a.m., with overnight new snow accumulation also expected to be less than a half inch.

Whenever winter weather arrives, remember this simple message:

Get Where You Need to be Before the Weather Gets BadGet Where You Need to Be Before the Weather Gets Bad

In other words, stay off the roads when it snows!

Overall, most winter storm deaths result from vehicle or other transportation accidents caused by ice and snow. Residents should avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. These are serious conditions that are often underestimated, and they make driving – and even walking outside – very hazardous.

With winter on the horizon, we encourage you to begin thinking about your commute. Do you have alternate routes home in case there’s a need to modify your path? Think about, explore and plan for alternate routes now as we enjoy mild fall weather.

More winter safety tips will be published over the next several weeks here on the blog. Bookmark this site and visit often – or just subscribe by RSS or email (sign-up box at right) – to receive our updates and stay better prepared for winter this year.

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