Preparing for Winter Weather in Green Country

Quick Facts:

Arctic air and a chance for flurries in Green Country starting Thursday night.

FOX23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott is monitoring the forecast and updating as it develops.

Updated snow totals for Eastern Oklahoma. FOX23 Meteorologist Ben Walnick and I will be updating totals and timing again of FOX23 News at 5pm

Posted by FOX23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott on Thursday, January 5, 2017

He'll be monitoring conditions on FOX23 News at 5.

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AAA Oklahoma is offering some guidance if you have to drive in slick conditions as most of Oklahoma prepares from some snow.

  • Check your car- make sure fluids are good and everything is in order before you hit the road
  • Check all your fluids and tires
  • Keep an emergency kit in you car: blankets, kitty litter or salt or sand, snow shovel and brush, ice scraper, jumper cables, blankets and extra coats, water and flares

WATCH: How police plan to keep McAlester streets safe from overnight snow

While driving:

  • Stay alert.
  • Avoid driving if you're tired.
  • Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Slow down. Adjust your speed to the road conditions and leave yourself ample room to stop. Allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. Accelerate, turn and brake gradually.
  • Do not tailgate. Normal following distances of three to four seconds on dry pavement should be a minimum of five to six seconds when driving on slippery surfaces. The extra time will provide additional braking room should a sudden stop become necessary.
  • Watch the traffic ahead. Slow down immediately at the sight of brake lights, skidding vehicles or emergency flashers.
  • Never use cruise control on slippery roads, as you lose the ability to transfer more weight to the front tire by simply lifting off the accelerator.
  • Avoid unnecessary lane changes. This increases the chances of hitting a patch of ice between lanes that could cause loss of vehicle traction.
  • Don't power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads may only result in spinning your wheels. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
  • Don't stop going up a hill. It's difficult to move up a hill on an icy road. If possible, get your vehicle moving on a flat roadway first before taking on a hill.
  • Minimize the need to brake on ice. If you're approaching a stop sign, traffic light or other area where ice often forms, brake early on clear pavement to reduce speed. Vehicle control is much more difficult when braking on ice-covered roadways.
  • Control the skid. Slamming on the brakes can make the skid even worse. In the event of a skid, continue to look and steer where you want to go.
  • Do not brake and turn at the same time. Asking your vehicle to do two things at a time makes it more likely that your tires will lose traction. Brake first, then turn, then accelerate.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal. It's normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Drive distraction free.
  • Do not text or engage in activities that will distract you while driving. If driving with a passenger, ask them to carry out activities that would otherwise distract you from driving safely.