I've come across the sentence below:

Morning comes slowly. Overnight, the falling snow, so peaceful, has turned to sleet, coating everything in brittle ice, making the landscape even more dangerous to navigate.

What does the marked sentence mean? There are some meanings for the word navigate. Does it mean "to successfully find a way from one place to another" [1] here?

[1] https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/navigate

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    Many speakers do not associate the word with the sea nowadays. It is used of any situation where you have to find your "way", literally or figuratively: difficult romantic relationships, business meetings, cross-country car-trips, life in the demimonde, whatever. Aug 15, 2018 at 12:25

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You are correct. Navigate does have multiple meanings but in this context it refers to the act of crossing or traversing a difficult landscape.

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