Portland-area travelers should carefully evaluate Wednesday morning travels plans if the forecast of one to two inches of snow on the valley floor proves accurate.
The National Weather Service is predicting snow in the northern Willamette Valley Wednesday morning with greater accumulations at the higher elevations. By mid-morning, however, the snow is expected to turn to rain, reducing the dangers on the highway.
The snow could snarl the morning commute. Travelers should check road conditions Wednesday morning and, if warranted, consider leaving later, taking mass transit or staying home.
* Check road conditions at TripCheck.com and by listening to local newscasts.
* Allow extra stopping distance between you and the vehicles ahead. There’s less traction on slick, snowy roads. Fender-benders are expensive, painful and delay everyone on the road with you.
* Make sure your vehicle is in top operating condition, with clean headlights, good brakes, working windshield wipers and good tires.
* Be extra cautious when stopping and turning on slick roads where bicycles, cars and trucks are less predictable and more prone to skid.
* Wear the right clothing for cold weather, including a good wind jacket, gloves to protect the hands and a helmet with an ear covering.
* Use the right equipment, including sturdy tires, a reflective vest and a bright halogen light on the front with a red light on the back.
* Traveling on slick roads is unpredictable so everyone on the road should be extra cautious, be prepared and help everyone reach their destination safely. Know before you go.