Safety messages from local authorities are sounding a little different this year.
On top of the usual safety messaging for sober driving, Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers indicates COVID and incoming inclement weather are adding wrinkles to this year's New Year's Eve plans for many.
While a global pandemic rages, gatherings large and small are inevitable and the Chief hopes folks consuming alcohol will either stay at their intended destinations or make sure they have a sober operator for any traveling they may have.
As for driving through any inclement weather that may be headed our way? Chief Lowers offers tips he's given so many times before - keep a cell phone charger close, have blankets, candles, and even snacks in a kit in your vehicle in the event you get stranded. He also points out, if you do end up on the side of the road, stay in your vehicle.
While often advice for hunters during the hunting season, Chief Lowers says for travelers during the winter, letting family or friends know where you're headed is often a good idea. He says giving them basic details like how you plan to get there and when you leave can help in the event of an emergency.
Icy conditions are expected to develop late in the night on Thursday and hang around until the early morning hours on Friday. The National Weather Service indicates temperatures Friday should warm up Friday enough to melt off any lingering ice throughout the day.