More winter weather on the way ~ Know before you go ~
Posted on 12/3/2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
December 3, 2007
Lt. Mike Gerhart, NDHP
Billie Jo Lorius, NDDOT
BISMARCK, N.D. - BISMARCK, N.D. Potentially severe winter weather is expected statewide from late tonight until Tuesday evening. Drivers should be aware that freezing rain and snow, that will cause slippery roads and limited visibility, will make travel hazardous across the state. Various winter weather advisories now cover virtually the entire state and may also be accompanied by heavy wind in the southwest part of the state by Tuesday. Motorists are advised to delay travel if possible.
"With more winter weather on the way, the best advice for driving is to not drive at all," said N.D. Director of Homeland Security, Greg Wilz. "Driving in unsafe conditions causes accidents, injuries, and fatalities and may strain local emergency services."
Drivers are encouraged to wait until snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work. Motorists who must travel should allow extra travel time and should change their driving habits to accommodate for the bad weather.
"Reducing your vehicle's speed and not using your cruise control on icy roadways is most likely your best defense against losing control of your vehicle on slippery roadways," said Lieutenant Michael T. Gerhart Jr.
Planning is key to winter travel. Having a survival kit, as well as a vehicle that is suitable for safe travel is important. It is also important to remember that you should not leave your vehicle if you are stranded. Wait until help arrives.
The ND Department of Transportation provides various resources for winter travel. Travelers who need information about the weather, travel conditions, or road closures, should visit www.dot.nd.gov. Motorists may also receive this information by calling 5-1-1.
From the home page, under the travel section, travelers can plan ahead by utilizing the weather forecast page, winter travel tips as well as web cams that offer one-click access to statewide strategically placed cameras that capture road conditions in specific areas.
According to North Dakota Department of Transportation Director Francis Ziegler, "Weather conditions change rapidly in North Dakota. There can be clear skies in the western part of the state, but stormy weather in the east, so it's best to - know before you go - check weather and road conditions before traveling, even if you're only going a short distance."