BRATTLEBORO -- A slew of vehicle accidents Monday morning should serve as a reminder to Windham County drivers that the holiday season is also the time of slippery roads and impaired visibility.

The Windham County Sheriff's Department warned drivers via its Facebook page that there had been several incidents by 8 a.m. and Brattleboro Police Chief Gene Wrinn said there had been a few minor accidents before noontime.

Wrinn told the Reformer there had been reports of several cars swerving off the road and urged everyone to take simple precautions before driving in the snow. He said it is important to have snow tires as well as quality windshield wiper blades.

"You've got to be able to see if you want to be able to drive," he said, adding that Monday presented "the first decent (storm) that is putting some challenges in front of people."

Chief Wrinn said drivers should slow down on the road, increase their stopping time and avoid driving in bad weather if at all possible.

Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark said he knew of accidents in Westminster and Townshend, but did not believe they were serious. He said roads become more treacherous during winter storms.

"Welcome to winter in New England," he said, adding that Monday morning provided nothing out of the ordinary. "And the reason I say that is because it is the first significant snowstorm of the season."

Clark said the first snowstorm of every winter typically results in accidents because many people are unprepared for the road conditions. He, like Wrinn, said all vehicles should be equipped with snow tires and good windshield wipers. The sheriff also told the Reformer people often forget what it's like to drive on slick roads and the first storm of the season is also the first for many drivers who moved to the area in the spring or summer, or who are visiting relatives in the area or got their driver's license when the weather was nicer.

"There's a required skill to driving in the winter," he said.

Clark recommends drivers give themselves more time to get from Point A to Point B and suggests staying home unless going out is necessary.

There was a winter weather advisory in the Northeast on Monday morning, which National Weather Service Meteorologist Luigi Meccariello explained means there will be times when snow, sleet or freezing rain create periods of travel difficulty.

Meccariello said the storm hitting New England was a "very quick-moving event" and Windham County saw anywhere from a tenth-of-an-inch of snow to a whole inch. He forecasted the weather tonight to be in the mid-20s with passing snowstorms that diminish. He also said there is a slight chance for snow showers tomorrow.

The Global Weather Center reports snow is expected to fall throughout Tuesday and most locations will accumulate 1 to 3 inches of snow from the storm. Also, the precipitation will likely be snow for most of New England but rain for places farther south.

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