Snowstorm impacting morning travel in Metro Detroit: Check traffic here

Snow may cause dangerous driving conditions Friday

A Wayne County Department of Public Services truck salts a road, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, in Wayne, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (Carlos Osorio, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

4Warn Weather – A winter storm arrived early Friday and is expected to drop snow at a quick rate during the morning hours, which could impact your morning commute.

The heaviest snowfall from the winter storm Friday, March 10, is forecasted to occur int he morning hours. The region could see snow fall at 0.5-1 inch per hour.

Travel conditions will be affected by snowfall and breezy winds, which can impact visibility on the roads.

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

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

Latest forecast: Accumulating snow moving through Metro Detroit: Here’s what to expect Friday

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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