FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - In both Indiana and Ohio, Nov. 11-17 is Winter Weather Preparedness Week and even if most places in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio have seen little, if any snow accumulation, the temperatures sliding slowly towards freezing is a good reminder that winter is coming.
The winter outlook for our area shows there’s a small chance we are drier than average for our winter with an equal chance temperatures are above or below normal.
Which means when you head outside you need to be prepared for 40 degrees and rainy and 10 degree highs to happen in the same week.
So dress for the weather. In extreme cold, wear multiple lightweight layers that can be replaced if they get wet or go to a warm place inside because frostbite can set in a matter of minutes.
When you’re on the go and driving around in the winter, you need to make sure your car can handle it.
Don't just give the tires a kick. Check the tire pressure once a month or more in the winter and fill your tires to the proper level. Tires lose 1-2 pounds of pressure with every 10 degree drop in temps, which could be the difference between safe and reckless driving.
Keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles while driving to allow for extra stopping time now if you see snow plows on the road make sure to give them plenty of space and try not to pass them on a two lane road.
And when you get home and want to warm up, you need to take precautions too.
If you have a space heater, don’t leave it on overnight or unattended because it could be the cause of your house going up in flames and fires in your fireplace should be kept behind a barrier and put out when you aren't using them.
These tips will help keep you safe when the snow starts flying.
More tips are in the links below