State Police are prepared for snowstorm; Up to 10 inches possible

The first significant snow event of the 2013-14 winter has arrived, and the Connecticut State Police is following a storm plan to ensure safety on highways and roads across the state.

In Shelton as of about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, about a half inch to one inch of snow is on the ground, with more expected to arrive over the next 16 hours or so. Forecasters are predicting 4 to 10 inches for the Shelton area.

Specialty emergency State Police vehicles are being deployed and available across Connecticut in case they are required for any emergency. Sufficient troopers are be in place to patrol roads and highways, with any additional required troopers on call for immediate response.

Slippery and treacherous conditions

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, blocking lanes of the road and preventing state transportation trucks from treating and plowing the highways.

As the storm intensifies, State Police recommend that motorists stay off the roads during the storm to prevent major traffic issues.

If must go out in car...

If it is necessary to go out during this anticipated storm, the Connecticut State Police recommend that you ensure your vehicle is “storm ready” with proper tires, adequate gas and proper wipers. Provide your route of travel details to a family member or friend. Check media reports prior to traveling to gather the latest updates on road conditions and possible closures.

Utilize the headlight on your vehicle during any storm – it’s the law.

Make sure cell phone is charged

Motorists should have a fully-charged cell phone, bottles of water, nourishment bars or other non-perishable food, extra clothes, a shovel, flares and blankets in case of emergency.

During a snow event, reducing speed and expanding distances between cars is a necessity for safe driving.

Stay with vehicle if stranded

If you become stranded in your vehicle in winter weather, stay with your vehicle and do not try to walk to safety. Call 9-1-1 from your cell phone for help.

Run the motor for about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open a window slightly for fresh air and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.