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Time to prep for winter weather

The weather forecast for the Hershey area on Saturday calls for snow and freezing rain.

So far, the region has been mostly spared from a severe snowfall, but with weeks of winter left in the season the Facilities Department at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers the following weather tips:

  • Dress for weather conditions ― wear footwear that provides adequate traction for snow and ice. While the Facilities crew tries to keep the walkways and parking lots clear, there may be times some areas have not yet been cleared.
  • Watch for crew members as they clear the roadways, walkways and lots. Be extremely cautious when passing snow-removal equipment on the roadways. Help keep this crew safe as they work under sometimes extreme conditions with limited vision.
  • Park in lots that have been cleared. Facilities usually clears the back sections of parking lots for incoming shifts since they are usually less crowded. Plowing lots that have vehicles in them can be challenging and more time-consuming. Plowing often leaves a windrow of snow that makes it difficult for vehicles to get out of their parking spots.
  • Report any problem areas to 717-531-8010.

New Freeze Indicator Signs

The Facilities team will install Freeze Indicator signs at a number of high-traffic locations on campus in the next few weeks to provide a warning that temperatures are near or at freezing. Watch for these signs of possible slippery conditions, and take extra care in your travels.

A sign show how Ice Alert signs change color based on the temperature outside. It starts off as grey and get bluer as it gets colder.

Tips for Your Winter Travels

  • Fill your fuel tank before a winter storm hits. Always try to maintain at least half a tank.
  • Create an emergency supply kit to keep in your vehicle. See Ready.gov for suggested items.
  • Prepare your vehicle in advance. See AccuWeather.com for five ways to get your vehicle winter-ready.
  • Remove all snow from your vehicle before driving. Make sure the windows and mirrors are clear of snow and ice.
  • Turn on your headlights so it is easier for others to see you.
  • Adjust your driving to the conditions you encounter. Slow down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Refrain from using your cell phone while driving. Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Be especially attentive when crossing a street.

Have a safe and enjoyable winter season. Visit ReadyPA.gov for more information on how to prepare.

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