FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The final winter weather topic for Winter Weather Preparedness week is outdoor safety.
It's important to monitor weather forecasts so you can prepare for the incoming winter weather.
The National Weather Service issues Winter Weather Watches up to 2 days ahead of the system.
These watches change to Winter Weather Warnings or Advisories up to 24 hours before impactful weather arrives.
Are you familiar with the various watches and warnings that we might issue for winter storm hazards? Make sure your car is winterized and you have some of the non-perishable supplies now to be able to get yourself through the hazards that occur with snow. #WinterPreparednessWeek pic.twitter.com/7dvQ1qEknG
— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) November 12, 2020
If you must be outside for an extended period of time when the cold temperatures move in, there are a few things you can do to stay warm.
Dress with multiple layers; wear hats, gloves, and scarves, and try to stay dry.
Clothing that does not insulate well can lead to frostbite or hypothermia.
Dressing for cold weather involves multiple layers of clothing, as well as a hat and gloves. While some people like to wear shorts as much as possible, long pants keep you more protected from the cold. #ILwx pic.twitter.com/a79mEaXdW6
— NWS Lincoln IL (@NWSLincolnIL) November 20, 2019
If you get caught outside without shelter, it's crucial to build a fire and a snow cave.
That will keep you warm and protect you from precipitation and wind.
If you're traveling, make sure to have your car winterized.
Have good tires at the right pressure and tread depth.
Make sure your car's battery is ready for the colder temperatures.
Check the antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid levels and make sure they are at the right levels.
Test the heater and defroster so you can determine if they are working well.
You can read more about what to keep inside your car here.
The best way to stay safe is to know your limits, have a plan, and use common sense.