Winter Storms

Preparing for a Storm

A major winter storm can be lethal. Preparing for cold weather conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce the dangers caused by winter storms. Preparation tips include:

  • Being familiar with winter storm warning messages
  • Having rock salt on hand to melt ice on walkways and kitty litter to generate temporary traction
  • Making sure you have sufficient heating fuel, as regular fuel sources may be cut off
  • Servicing snow removal equipment

Winter Storm Watches & Warnings

A winter storm watch indicates that severe winter weather may affect your area. A winter storm warning indicates that severe winter weather conditions are definitely on the way. A blizzard warning means that large amounts of falling or blowing snow and sustained winds of at least 35 miles per hour are expected for several hours. Wind chill is a calculation of how cold it feels outside when the effects of temperature and wind speed are combined. A strong wind combined with a temperature of just below freezing can have the same effect as a still-air temperature about 35 degrees colder.

Winterizing Your Home

Follow these tips to winterize your home:

  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside
  • Insulate your walls and attic