Winter Weather Safety Tips

A winter storm system is projected to move through the Ozarks early this week bringing rain, snow, and gusty winds.

Reminder, the National Weather Service recently updated its criteria for Winter Weather Warnings. CLICK HERE for information on definitions, thresholds criteria for warnings. See below the difference between a Winter Storm Watch and Winter Storm Warning.

A Winter Storm Watch is issued when heavy snow, sleet, or freezing rain is possible. During a Winter Storm Watch, be prepared to adjust travel plans in case a Warning is issued.

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when heavy snow, sleet, or freezing rain is expected. During a Winter Storm Warning, travel will become dangerous. It is advised to take action and delay or adjust travel plans until conditions improve.

See below tips for winter weather safety and what you should know before you go from the National Weather Service.

  • Get the weather forecast
  • Winterize your vehicle
  • Pack an emergency supply kit
    • Include – first aid kit, flashlight, windshield scraper and snow shovel, extra winter clothes, matches/candles, jumper cables, compass, maps, paper towels, sand or kitty litter, chains, tow rope, spare tire, full tank of gas, cell phone charger, blankets, high-calorie non-perishable food, water
  • Check road conditions
  • Share your travel plans with friends or family
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Avoid risky driving behavior
  • Prevent a bad situation from getting worse
  • Change the way you drive
  • Don’t crowd the plow
  • Stay alert

Following these winter weather recommendations/tips before traveling does not ensure your safety, but executing these tips will increase your odds of staying safe, being prepared, and aidding in uncertainty this winter.

CLICK HERE for more information on tips for winter driving from the National Weather Service.

CLICK HERE to view a 7-day extended forecast for Springfield, Missouri from the National Weather Service.

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