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Experts recommend staying home during wintry weather if you don’t have to go anywhere.

CABARRUS COUNTY – Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools are releasing students from school early on Thursday, January 20 because of the threat of snowfall.

Kannapolis City Schools students will be dismissing students three hours early, while Cabarrus County Schools will be dismissing two hours early.

The early release is to make sure students and staff get home safely prior to any possible snowfall.

Cabarrus County is expected to get 1 to 2 inches of snow through Friday morning.

Because the temperatures will be above freezing, and the ground is still warm, the snow is not expected to stick for long.

With many parts of the Carolinas expected to experience a wintry mix on Thursday, AAA Carolinas encourages motorists to be prepared as severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for commuters and is also a factor in over 2,000 deaths annually.

Make sure your car is winterized and when faced with snowy or icy conditions, AAA Carolinas recommends the following driving tips:

Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it is better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.

Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed to account for less traction when driving on snow or ice.

Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to retain traction and avoid skids. Don’t take off in a hurry and take time to slow down for stoplights. Remember – it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

Increase your following distance. Allow five to six seconds of following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This extra space will allow you time to stop safely if the other driver suddenly brakes.

Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to smoothly apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. Do not pump the brakes!

Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of energy it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.

Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads may cause your wheels to spin. Try to get a little momentum before you reach the hill and let that carry you to the top.

Don’t stop while going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some momentum going on a flat roadway before making your way up the hill.