HALIFAX: Drivers are asked to be extra cautious over the next 24-to-48 hours as dramatic drops in temperature will produce slippery road conditions.

“Yesterday’s wet roads, plus snow we’re getting today, will quickly ice over making driving treacherous,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Geoff MacLellan. “You’re really going to need to slow down and allow extra travel time. Leave plenty of room between yourself and the car ahead of you.”

While winter maintenance crews are salting today, salt is not as effective in extremely cold temperatures. Sand will be used once the mercury dips below -10 degrees Celsius.

In addition, snow squalls are expected to produce winter white-out conditions in many areas of the province. Drivers should drive to conditions and turn their lights on so tail lights are visible.

It is also a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your car and have winter tires installed. Winter tires improve stopping time and provide better grip on snow and ice covered roads.

During any winter event plow operators work 24/7 to ensure roads are safe. The department has more than 400 pieces of snow and ice clearing equipment deployed across the province. Nothing is held back.

Nova Scotians can check road conditions, view highway cameras, plowing priorities, and track plows using the live plow-tracker tool, and much more at: novascotia.ca/tran/winter.

During a storm or any winter event, follow @NS_TIR on Twitter and 511 for the latest road condition updates.