CT State Police Prepare For First Major Snowstorm, Urge Caution On Roads

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Roads can become treacherous in a heavy snowstorm. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- With the first significant snowfall in the forecast for Saturday, Dec. 14, Connecticut State Police are putting their storm plans into place across the state, including in Fairfield County. 

Specialty emergency State Police vehicles will be deployed and available across Connecticut in the event they are required for any emergency, State Police said in a statement. Troopers will be in place on patrol on roads and highways, with additional troopers on call for immediate response.

The Connecticut State Police is reminding motorists that a heavy snow storm means that many highways can become extremely slippery and treacherous. Vehicles, trucks and passenger cars may become disabled and unable to move, which would block lanes of the road and prevent DOT trucks from treating and plowing the highways.

As the storm intensifies late Saturday, State Police recommend that motorists stay off the roads to prevent and/or avoid traffic problems.

If it is necessary to go out during this storm, the Connecticut State Police recommend that you ensure that your vehicle is “storm ready” with proper tires, adequate gas and proper wipers.

If you must travel during the storm, provide your travel details to a family member or friend. Motorists are encouraged to check media reports before traveling to gather the latest updates on road conditions and possible closures.

Motorists should have a fully charged cellphone, bottles of water, nourishment bars or other nonperishable food, extra clothes, a shovel, flares and blankets in case of emergency.

Motorists should stay with their vehicle and should not try and walk to safety. Instead, stranded motorists are urged to call 911. While waiting, a stranded driver should run his or her car for 10 minutes every hour for heat and leave a window cracked to allow for fresh air. 

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