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