Driving in snow may return after a winter storm. This advice can keep you safe. (Part-1)

The Christmas Buffalo snowstorm of 2022 was the last major snowfall in the Northeast, but a nasty storm is expected to hit the mid-Atlantic and Northeast this weekend.

The local weather service station predicts snow and precipitation in New York City on Saturday and Sunday, but not a polar vortex. Washington, D.C., Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and other New England cities will also see heavy snow.

Driving in the snow can be difficult for even the most seasoned northerners, especially after a dry couple of years.

DOT says weather-related car accidents kill more people each year than tornadoes, heat, hurricanes, lightning, or flooding. Bad weather causes 1.2 million of the 5.8 automobile accidents in the U.S. each year, according to 2007–2016 data. These weather-related crashes kill 5,376 people annually.

Avoiding travel in bad weather is ideal, but most individuals can't do that. The next best thing? Be prepared and drive safely in the snow.

Coach Bill Van Tassel, AAA's driver training program manager, spoke to USA TODAY. He discussed the science behind the best driving vacations and typical driving blunders.

Van Tassel explained that tires had much less grip on snow and ice than in dry conditions. That means unexpected car motions like stopping, accelerating, or turning could cause the tires to skid on the snow. Drivers should stay away from other cars since conventional accident prevention measures may not work.

"It's good to start with a mindset that there are deadly threats everywhere," Van Tassel added. Consider that other road users may conduct actions that put you at risk, so have a plan to handle it.

Watch this space for further developments.