Winter isn’t officially here yet. Goshen-area residents can be forgiven to thinking otherwise.

Temperatures have dipped to the sweater-and-extra-blanket stage. Snow that fell Monday and early Tuesday covered the maples in The Maple City — and everything else.

A chilly few months are in store. Certain reminders are in order.

It never fails to surprise us at The Goshen News that so many motorists fail to take stock of sub-par driving conditions. Veteran Hoosier drivers ought to know better. First-timers would do well to learn fast.

Our advice? Slow down, already. A traffic accident on an icy road is inconvenient at best, tragic at worst.

The News also asks that Goshenites remember their sidewalks, and the people who use them. City ordinance mandates that sidewalks be free of “hazardous conditions,” which we interpret as including snow and ice.

Shoveling snow is a chore, dislodging ice a challenge. But pedestrian traffic abounds in Goshen, and walkers forced to take to the streets present a safety hazard. City ordinance or no, clearing walkways is a civic duty.

Winter is here, despite what the calendar says. Take care.

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