Winter storm on the way, keeping safety first - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Winter storm on the way, keeping safety first

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CARBONDALE -- As a winter storm makes its way to our region, many folks around town are getting prepared.

With rain, sleet and snow on the way, in some areas, several people aren't taking chances. They're going to stores and stocking up on bags of ice melt to help keep their paths clear. 

Barbara Woodside, assistant manager at Ace Hardware in Carbondale, told News 3 frigid temperatures last week prompted folks to stock up on gloves and hand warmers. Now, the popular item is ice melt.

"With the upcoming storm, it's really important, especially to the local schools, businesses, apartment owners and renters," Woodside said. "All those things to keep you from slipping and sliding."

WSIL-TV Chief Meteorologist Jim Rasor explained how we all should be prepared for a little bit of everything.

"We are looking at a mixed bag, rain changing over to a little sleet, a little bit of freezing rain a possibility, especially in western Kentucky, a little bit of snow on top of that so roads likely going to become slick," Rasor said.

Slick roads that leave some nervous about driving, and others treating it like just another day.

"Worrying doesn't do any good but we always ask everyone to be aware that travel could be a challenge Friday," Rasor said. "You have to allow extra time, you have to allow extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you on the road and just be realistic about conditions."

Slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking all are required in winter driving conditions, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation

"If you have to get somewhere, you can probably get there," Rasor said. "If you don't have to, don't go."

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