NWS, PennDOT: Stay home today if you can

Stay home today if you can. That’s the advice of both the National Weather Service and Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation.

Freezing rain that started early this morning has already made local roads slick. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m., putting a glaze of up to two-tenths of an inch of ice on roads, sidewalks and even on top of what remains of the week’s 5-6 inches of snow in yards and fields.

READ: Penn DOT: Expect icy roads this weekend

If you must get out, PennDOT has the following advice:

  • Slow down.
  • Carry a winter emergency travel kit.
  • Listen to weather and travel advisories, and if you don’t have to travel in bad weather, don’t.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Slow down and increase following distance.
  • Avoid sudden stops and starts.
  • Beware of roads that may look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as “black ice.”
  • Use extra caution on bridges and ramps where ice can often form without warning.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads.
  • State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.
  • Use your low beams in bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow.
  • Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights as often as needed.
  • Remove snow and ice from the hood and roof of your vehicle. (It’s a state law: If snow or ice from your vehicle strikes a vehicle or person and causes death or injury, you can be ticketed.)
  • Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.

NWS has issued a hazardous travel warning today. Untreated roads are very slippery. Even treated roads can pose dangers to drivers and their passengers, especially since today’s rain can wash away chemicals intended to melt ice.

Call 5-1-1 or visit PennDOT’s 511 website for the latest travel, roadway and traffic conditions.

To report snow or ice, post to the NWS State College Facebook page, use Twitter, or visit weather.gov/ctp.

Meanwhile, both PennDOT and NWS have this advice: Stay home unless you absolutely have to get out today.