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How to stay warm and drive safely in winter weather

Driving on slick roads during winter is tricky, but it doesn't have to be dangerous. (Source: WPBN/WTOM/MGN) Driving on slick roads during winter is tricky, but it doesn't have to be dangerous. (Source: WPBN/WTOM/MGN)
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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny with highs near 70

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny with highs near 70

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 9:50 AM EDT2017-10-18 13:50:43 GMT

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

  • First Alert Forecast: dry with a subtle warming trend

    First Alert Forecast: dry with a subtle warming trend

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 9:09 AM EDT2017-10-18 13:09:51 GMT

    Long-range computer forecast models suggest a breezy, warm, and wet front may scoot through the Cape Fear Region early next week. Meanwhile, for the rest of this week into the weekend, a broad high pressure cell will likely preserve dry weather and nurture a subtle warming trend.

    Long-range computer forecast models suggest a breezy, warm, and wet front may scoot through the Cape Fear Region early next week. Meanwhile, for the rest of this week into the weekend, a broad high pressure cell will likely preserve dry weather and nurture a subtle warming trend.

  • Some roads still not cleared of snow in Central VA

    Some roads still not cleared of snow in Central VA

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 4:56 AM EST2016-01-26 09:56:43 GMT
    Tuesday, January 26 2016 10:31 PM EST2016-01-27 03:31:25 GMT

    Thousands of people in Richmond are heading back to work and local universities with the main roads clear, and they'll be on the hunt for a parking space despite snow covering much of the side roads and spaces.

    Thousands of people in Richmond are heading back to work and local universities with the main roads clear, and they'll be on the hunt for a parking space despite snow covering much of the side roads and spaces.

(RNN) - People experiencing the wintry weather, especially those in the South, are seeing the downside of driving on icy, wet roads.

Road closures, crashes and business and school cancellations have resulted from a mix of freezing rain and sleet falling as far south as the Gulf Coast.

But if conditions allow you to reach a store or gas station to stock up on things you may need to ride out the storm, it's best to do so before it's too late.

AAA suggests keeping vehicles' gas tanks at least half full during the winter, not so much in the event of an evacuation, but because it better protects gas lines from freezing up.

The travel company also suggests on its consumer website, among other things, accelerating and decelerating slowly while driving; making sure tires are properly inflated to prevent slippage; never using cruise control on wet or icy roads; and never warming up a car in an enclosed space such as a garage.

FEMA provides a checklist of items to have in your car and home in the event of severe winter weather.

All households should have a weather radio and emergency supply kits that include non-perishable food, water, blankets, batteries and candles.

It is best to leave faucets dripping overnight and open cabinet doors to prevent pipes from freezing.

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