A touch of winter

By The Mercury

We’ve had overnight temperatures in the teens a time or two this fall, and we’ve had enough wind to blow leaves not just from trees but up, down and across streets all over town.

Until this week, however, our forecasts haven’t included much in the way of hazardous weather. Apparently it’s no coincidence that Winter Aware-ness Day came this week.

If we’re lucky, the forecast — for rain and temperatures falling today to around the freezing mark — won’t cause the problems such conditions are capable of causing. Tonight, for instance, bridges and overpasses could freeze over, and “black ice” Friday morning could turn our morning commute into an adventure.

That’s hardly cause for panic, but it does call for common sense and good judgment, particularly given that our winter driving skills might be a little rusty. If your windows are glazed over, don’t’ rely on a little peephole for visibility. Heed road conditions and drive slowly. Skidding into the car in front of you or sliding off the road is a lousy way to start one’s day.

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