Before the Winter Storm

by | Dec 7, 2014

before-winter-kentucky-insuranceBefore the winter storm strikes, it’s important to know the weather terminology that may appear across the bottom of your television screen or on the local radio station.

  • Winter Storm Watch: Severe winter weather may affect the surrounding area within the next 36 to 48 hours.
  • Winter Storm Warning: Severe winter weather conditions are on the way or will begin within 24 hours. Take cover and be prepared.
  • Blizzard Warning: Blinding snow and dangerous wind chills are expected for several hours. Sustained winds of 35 mph are expected to sweep the area. A traveler’s advisory is issued if driving conditions are expected to be dangerous or slow moving.

Here are some other tips to help you prepare for winter storms:

Winterize your car long before the first snowfall hits. Winter weather is unpredictable and may surprise you early in the season. Prepare a disaster kit for your vehicle that includes:

  • Shovel
  • Sand
  • Tow chain
  • Jumper cables
  • Screwdrivers, pliers and a knife
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Spare change
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Small can and waterproof matches for melting snow
  • Windshield washer anti-freeze
  • High calorie, non-perishable food items
  • Warm clothes that can be layered
  • Compass and map
  • Cell phone and charger