- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Motorists are being advised to stay off the road if possible but to be prepared for any emergency if they must go out.

Officials are advising motorists to keep an emergency kit in their vehicles. It should include flashlights, a shovel, food, blankets and a cellphone and charger.

The National Weather Service says if a car gets stuck in the snow, drivers should stay remain inside. They are advised to run the engine every 10 minutes to stay warm but to crack open their windows to avoid carbon monoxide exhaust. They should tie a colored cloth to the top to be visible in snowdrifts.

However, all unnecessary travel is discouraged to allow snow removal equipment to clear the roads.

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