PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) As winter weather stats to settle in, those in the know warn to be cautious on the roads and in your homes.
A prolonged time span without any severe weather-the last major snowstorm we had was in early 2016-or even cold temperatures, means drivers need to be extra careful on the roads and highways.
"Black ice is very dangerous, because you can't see it," says 1st Sgt. Bradley Snodgrass of the West Virginia State Police. "That's because it looks normal, especially on your bridges out on the four-lane tend to get a little icier and slippier. Keep that in mind, especially when you're doing early morning travel before the sun comes out."
In the home, plunging temperatures also mean the possibility of frozen water pipes.
Keeping the water running means taking preventative measures.
In addition to insulating walls and pipes and draining sprinklers, the water company says when temperatures drop, open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures and keep water moving through pipes by letting a trickle run.
Also, make sure the meter pit lid is closed tightly and report any problems. And the company says don't remove snow from the meter pit lid, because it acts as additional insulation.
If pipes freeze, shut off water at the main shut-off valve. Apply heat to the frozen pipe with a hair dryer, space heater or hot water. Don't leave a space heater unattended, and don't use kerosene heaters or open flames to warm pipes.