Winter officially starts Saturday, but we've already seen some snow and ice.
In response to early severe weather, state troopers are urging motorists to drive carefully this upcoming season.
Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to maintain a safe distance between their vehicle, and traffic ahead of them.
Also, pay close attention to bridges and overpasses and in general, troopers say be alert at all times.
Officials say severe weather lead to more than 18,000 crashes throughout last winter with over 5,000 motorists being injured.
"Make sure they allow extra time to get to their destination, slow down, just because the speed limit is say for instance 55, doesn't mean it's safe to be going 55 in those weather conditions," says Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper, Eric Knowlton.
Troopers also encourage drivers to keep a winter safety kit handy.
They suggest a flashlight, small shovel, and a blanket.
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