Winter Weather

Winter weather calls for preparation. Make sure your home and vehicles are ready when the cold weather arrives.

Listen to the weather forecasts and know what winter storm warning terms mean:

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Expect winter weather conditions to cause inconvenience and hazards.
  • Winter Storm Watch: Be alert; a storm is likely.
  • Winter Storm Warning: Take action: the storm is in or entering the area.
  • Blizzard Warning: Seek refuge immediately! Snow and strong winds, near-zero visibility, deep snowdrifts, and life-threatening wind chill.

Checklist for Your Home

Have a 3-day supply of the following items:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Batteries for flashlights and radios
  • Money
  • Medication and prescriptions
  • Baby supplies

Checklist for Your Vehicle

Winter driving is hazardous — Plan ahead for dangerous winter travel!

  • Avoid driving on ice-covered roads, overpasses and bridges if possible.
  • If you are stranded, it is safest to stay in your car.
  • In addition to a show brush & ice scraper, consider keeping the following emergency supplies in your vehicle:
    • Cell phone; portable charger and extra batteries
    • Small snow shovel
    • First aid kit
    • Battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
    • Flashlight (and extra batteries)
    • Water & snack food
    • Blankets & extra winter clothing (gloves, hats, coats)
    • Chains or rope; tire chains
    • Canned compressed air with sealant (emergency tire repair)
    • Bag of salt, sand, or kitty litter
    • Booster cables
    • Emergency flares
    • Bright colored flag; help signs
    • Tool kit
    • Waterproof matches and a can (to melt snow for water)
    • Paper towels or cloths

Winter Vehicle Maintenance

Try to have at least half a tank of gas at all times. Keep your vehicle in good working order, and check the following to make sure you’re ready for winter:

  • Heater & defroster
  • Brakes & brake fluid
  • Antifreeze
  • Battery
  • Emergency flashers
  • Tires (tread wear and tire pressure)
  • Oil
  • Radiator
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Windshield wiper blades

Don’t Crowd the Plow!

Plow truck drivers work hard to keep our roads safe and passable. Give them plenty of room!