A winter storm warning is in effect for the next two days. Here is what to expect.
Heavy snow and blowing snow is expected with blizzard conditions possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning and evening commutes on Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are expected, with higher amounts in excess of one foot possible.
Winds gusting as high as 45 to 50 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. Several tree limbs and power lines may be downed, causing scattered power outages.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.
Ways to prepare and stay safe now
Stay indoors during the storm.
Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.
Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival.
If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately.
You may have frostbite.
When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.
Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.