Vermont safety officials: Driving discouraged this morning

WATERBURY -- Several inches of snow and strong gusty winds are making travel in Vermont difficult this morning. State and local road crews are out clearing roads, but the heavy snow and wind gusts are making driving difficult, with slippery conditions and reduced visibility. Travel this morning is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.

The National Weather Service says snow should end by 10 this morning but road crews will need some time to clean up.

Those who do need to travel should allow plenty of extra time to reach their destination, drive slow, and leave plenty of room between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them to allow for extra braking distance. Clear all snow from your car so your visibility is not impeded and you don't present an extra hazard to other drivers.

Vermonters are encouraged to check heating vents to ensure they are clear of snow and venting properly. A blocked vent can cause deadly carbon monoxide (CO) to enter the home. CO is colorless and odorless and can cause injury or death. All homeowners are advised to have working carbon monoxide detectors in the home and to get out and call for help if it sounds. Symptoms of CO poisoning include lethargy and nausea.

Other things to remember during snow storms:

Be a good neighbor -- Check in on elderly or other neighbors who may need assistance.

Don't overdo it -- When clearing snow take frequent breaks. Shoveling is strenuous work and can lead to a number of health problems ranging from a back injury to cardiac issues.

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