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Winter Weather

Dress warmly to protect yourself from hypothermia and frostbite.

Did you know...

70 percent of injuries due to ice and snow result from vehicle accidents.

About 25 percent of injuries are to people caught out in a storm.

Listen to your NOAA Weather Radio for severe weather watches, warnings and advisories.

Dress appropriately for winter weather:

  • Wear loose, lightweight layers of warm clothing.
  • Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear a hat — half of your body's heat loss can be from the head.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, will protect your hands better than gloves.
  • Try to stay dry.

A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.

Every year, dozens of people in this country die due to exposure to cold. Hypothermia and frostbite can also lead to the loss of fingers and toes, or cause permanent damage to internal organs. Careful preparations can help you avoid these dangers.

Before a winter storm strikes:

Have the following supplies on hand in case you lose power or can't get out to restock supplies:

If you must get out on the road, keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Avod traveling alone, and net someone know your route and timetable. Carry a winter storm survival kit in your vehicle:

During a winter storm


In a Vehicle: