What to Do If You’re Caught in a Winter Storm

Do You Know What to Do If Caught in a Winter Storm?

Safety tips to keep you and your business safe!

Winter storms, capable of bringing snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the United States and its territories, pose various challenges. Even Hawaii experiences snow on the Big Island, and cities like Atlanta and Dallas have faced disruptions from snow and ice. Blizzards, characterized by strong winds and blowing snow causing whiteout conditions and impassable roads, contribute to numerous traffic accidents each year, resulting in injuries and fatalities.

These tips guide you on planning and staying safe before, during, and after a winter storm, providing information on winter alerts, science, hazards, snow coverage maps, and the different types of winter storms.

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Ensure that animals and pets have essential supplies during a winter storm, and know how to dress for varying degrees of cold weather. Before the storm’s arrival, ensure your home, office, and vehicles are stocked with necessary supplies.

Prepare! Don’t Let a Winter Storm Take You by Surprise.

Groundhog Day Forecasts and Climate History

On Groundhog Day, February 2, thousands gather at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, for a forecast from Phil. If the twenty-pound groundhog sees his shadow, legend has it that the U.S. can expect six more weeks of winter; otherwise, anticipate warmer temperatures and early spring.

Since 1887, Phil’s forecasting isn’t flawless. Comparing his predictions with U.S. national temperatures over the past ten years reveals a 40% accuracy rate.

While Groundhog Day adds a touch of tradition, advancements in meteorology recommend checking NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center for the latest climate outlooks. Check out your local National Weather Service forecast office for the current weather forecast in your area.

Be prepared with a safety plan for your vehicle, home, and office, irrespective of the groundhog’s prediction.

Cited Resources:

NOAA Weather
Prepare! Don’t Let a Winter Storm Take You by Surprise

NCEI NOAA – National Centers for Environmental Information Groundhog Day Forecasts and Climate History
Published: February 2, 2017
Updated Date: February 2, 2023 (Includes the latest analysis and climate information for 2021)

US Census Bureau Groundhog Day: February 2, 2024
Press Release Number: CB24-SFS.011
Published: February 02, 2024

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