Winter storm could impact evening travel in Metro Detroit: Check traffic here

Snow may cause dangerous driving conditions Friday

DENVER, CO - MARCH 13: A snow plow drops salt on the road near Denver International Airport on March 13, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) (Michael Ciaglo, 2021 Getty Images)

4Warn Weather – A winter storm moving through Southeast Michigan could make for dangerous travel conditions on Friday afternoon and evening.

You can view our real-time traffic map right here before you head out on the roads.

Those heading out in dangerous driving conditions are urged to drive safely and travel well prepared for an emergency.

Storm timeline: Winter storm warning in Metro Detroit: Snow projections by area, storm timeline

Winter weather safe driving tips

People are encouraged to postpone their trip if possible during dangerous winter weather. If you must travel, officials suggest the following:

  • Don’t crowd snowplows: Give snowplow drivers plenty of room to clear snow from the roads
  • Check tire pressure: Keep tires at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather
  • Check windshield wiper fluid levels: Make sure the windshield solvent reservoir is full and check the condition of all wiper blades and replace when necessary
  • Keep your vehicle clean: Wash your vehicle so other drivers can see you clearly, you should also remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and your license plate
  • Check all lights: Make sure your lights are working and replace them when necessary
  • Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle.

What to pack if traveling during winter weather

The National Weather Service advises against traveling during hazardous winter weather whenever possible.

If you have to travel, you should make sure you have some emergency supplies in your vehicle.

The following items have been recommended by the NWS or the AAA:

  • Cell phone, charging cord and portable charger
  • Drinking water and/or sports drinks
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable snacks for human and pet passengers
  • Abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter or traction mats)
  • Snow shovel
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Extra window washer fluid
  • Ice scraper with brush
  • Rags or roll of paper towels
  • Jumper cables
  • Warning devices (flares or reflective hazard signs)
  • Basic household tools (screwdrivers, pliers, wrench, small hammer, electrical or duct tape)
  • Tow rope
  • Knife
  • Waterproof matches
  • Compass
  • Road maps

Read: Winter travel tips: How to get vehicle unstuck from snow, list of emergency supplies to take with you

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