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Winter Storms

Winter Weather Facts:

  • A major winter storm can last for several days with heavy rain, snow, sleet and extremely low temperatures in some areas of the country.
  • A winter storm WATCH means a storm is possible in your area. A winter storm WARNING means a storm is occurring, or will soon occur, in your area.
  • Be aware of black ice in Texas - keep a safe distance from other vehicles while driving.
  • Winter storms are deadly, causing great damage as well as elevating transportation and health risks.
  • When traveling, check the weather before you go. Be aware of any road closures and alternate routes - carry a map with you.
  • Be careful walking during or after a snow/ice storm to avoid physical injury due to melting, breaking or falling ice.

What To Do?

  • Learn your winter storm and extreme cold terms beforehand to aid in identifying a winter threat.
  • Keep extra clothing, a blanket and flashlights in your car for emergency situations.
  • Ensure your home is properly insulated, and run water to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Know how to recover from skidding while driving.
  • Keep an ice scraper, gloves, travel shovel and flares/emergency lights in your car. Always have your cell phone handy
  • Check on students/neighbors (especially the elderly) and assist them if necessary.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
  • Continue to monitor the weather as necessary until the threat has diminished.

Updated: September 24, 2014