TODAY'S QUESTION: What precautions should residents take to deal with this winter storm?

Monday, January 31, 2011 | 2:54 p.m. CST; updated 6:03 p.m. CST, Monday, January 31, 2011

Columbia is in the beginning stages of what is predicted to be a dangerous winter storm.

A tenth of an inch of ice, 12-21 inches of snow, heavy winds and frigid temperatures are expected through noon Wednesday.

Public works agencies have released a list of tips to help maintain safe road conditions before, during and after the storm. The Missouri Department of Transportation released a list that includes:

  • Try to stay in unless that cannot be avoided.
  • Know how your vehicle responds to slippery conditions.
  • Equip your car with a flashlight, first aid kit, blankets and sand to be used for traction in case your car gets stuck.
  • Drive slowly, adjust how you accelerate and brake sooner than in normal circumstances.
  • Wear a seat belt.
  • Double the space between your vehicle and others.
  • Try to move your car off of the street whenever possible.

These are only few of many things that can be done to promote a safe trip.

What other precautions should residents take to deal with this winter storm?

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