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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Chicago IL
144 PM CST Fri Nov 18 2016

...This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week...

When a snow or ice storm is expected to affect any part of your
travel route, here is an important question to ask yourself: Do I
really need to make this trip? If the answer is no, then dont go.
Keep in mind that the weather may be okay in your town, but
hazardous winter driving conditions could exist only a few miles
away.

If you must travel out of town and dangerous winter weather
conditions are expected along any part of your route, make sure your
gas tank is full and you have a complete winter emergency kit in
your vehicle before departing. Be sure to tell your family or
friends where you are going, the roads you will be taking, and your
time of arrival.

Do not panic if you become stranded on the road during a winter
storm. Call someone on your cell phone and let them know you are
stranded. Do not try to walk to safety; stay in your vehicle. Attach
a cloth to your car antenna or window to indicate you need help.
Turn on the dome light and flashers to make your vehicle more
noticeable.

Also, remember that even one or two inches of snowfall or light
icing can create as much if not more havoc than a large snowfall
event. This could be due to heavier motor vehicle traffic than
during large winter storms and possibly more dangerous road and
visibility conditions than perceived by drivers in these situations,
even if only briefly. Drivers should be as cautious and aware in
these minor winter weather events as a major winter storm.

The Department of Transportation also reminds you to be on the
lookout for snow plows this winter. If the plow is coming toward
you, allow plenty of room for it to pass. If you approach a snowplow
from the rear, pass with care, and only when you can see the road
ahead of the plow.

For more information visit www.dot.state.il.us or www.in.gov/indot
and www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

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