Get Ready For Messy Winter Weather

Get ready for it:  the Valley is expected to see its first significant snowfall of the season over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Environment Canada says the Pembroke and Petawawa areas could see 4 to 8 centimetres of snow between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

Areas just west of the Valley could get hit even worse.

A special weather statement covering the area from Mattawa to North Bay, and north into the Temiskaming Region of Quebec, is warning of 10 to 20 centimetres of snow in those areas.

At times the snow will be mixed with rain, creating the potential for slushy and slippery roads.

OPP Constable Shawn Peever says that means it's time to double down on common sense and keep some supplies handy that could prove to be life-saving.

"“A charged cell phone is pretty much a must if you do have one, make sure it’s charged and you have it with you", Peever told Star 96.7 News.

"With winter time upon us, or winter driving upon us, ice scrapers, snow brushes, even a small shovel, some sand, salt or some sort of traction aid would be beneficial. Then booster cables, road flares, fuel line anti-freeze, tow rope, the list goes on, in case someone is stranded in a vehicle that’s not running.”

He says it's also a good idea to adopt a winter driving mindset.

"We need people to cut the distractions, reduce their speed and maintain control of their vehicles. We want people to dive according to the current road and weather conditions", he said.

"It’s also important to keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and remember that longer stopping distances could be required. You have to be able to see and be seen as well! That means cleaning the frost and snow off all your mirrors, windows and lights. Consider installing 4 winter tires on your vehicle and installing good wiper blades and keeping an ample supply of windshield washer fluid in your vehicle.”