Transportation and Works
January 4, 2018

Public Advisory: Advice for Motorists During Anticipated Adverse Weather Conditions

The Department of Transportation and Works is monitoring Environment Canada forecasts indicating a potential for adverse weather, including heavy snow, rain and strong winds for many parts of the province overnight and into tomorrow (Friday, January 5).

Due to the expected weather patterns, motorists should expect particularly slippery road conditions during the morning commute.

Motorists are advised to drive cautiously and plan for longer commuting times to allow for safe driving speeds.

While crews will be clearing snow from provincial roads and highways, motorists are reminded of the following safety advice:

  • Slow down. Speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. Aggressive driving can lead to accidents and hinder the productivity of snow clearing crews.
  • Keep a safe distance. Leaving a greater distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you will help prevent a collision if someone suddenly stops or loses control ahead of you.
  • Maintain visibility. Clear snow and ice from your windshield, windows, headlights and taillights and ensure wipers are in good working condition.
  • Stay home. If you don’t have to be on the road, stay home. Travelling during heavy snowfalls can lead to stranded and abandoned vehicles, which impedes snow clearing operations.

Finally, if you do have to travel, check the latest Environment Canada weather forecasts and visit www.roads.gov.nl.ca for road condition reports, live highway cameras and to use the new Provincial Plow Tracker tool.

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Media contact
Rod Drover
Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 730-4607
rodneycdrover@gov.nl.ca

2017 01 04                             4:10 p.m.