Preparing for Winter: Whether At Home or In Auto!

posted by Wendy Weathersbee @ 7:00 AM
January 12, 2015

Freezing-temperatures-january-2015As more freezing cold and snow hits most of the nation in this coming week, police departments and highway patrolmen beg citizens to stay home if at all possible. Winter roads are dangerous. Winter precautions should rule at home too.

Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com warns in ‘Wintry Mix to Slow Travel From St. Louis to NYC by Early Next Week’: “A storm moving out of Texas will spread a swath of wintry mix and snow on its northern edge over part of the Ohio Valley states and Northeast . . . The southern storm will coincide with another storm pushing eastward across the Great Lakes.

“A wintry mix, including ice, will affect St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky. . . Snow will briefly sneak into Chicago . . . Snow is in the offing farther north from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Buffalo, New York . . . This will be after heavy lake-effect snow falls on parts of western and upstate New York.”

WeatherWhys adds: “The Dead of Winter is the one-month period when normal temperatures reach their lowest levels. For most of North America, this occurs from the second week of January until the second week of February.

“The reason this period does not line up with the first day of winter when the amount of incoming energy from the sun is lowest is due to the seasonal lag. The land and oceans continue to lose more heat than is gained this time of year and will do so until mid-February.” But remember last year that period extended into April.

Advice for driving from state patrolmen include: “Blizzard Warning: Wind may reach up to 35 miles per hour or greater with snow. This will cause the temperature to be very cold. Make sure you have sufficient fuel for cars.

“Be sure to eat regularly and drink fluids. Watch for frostbite. Signs include loss of feeling or pale shoveling-snow-january-2015appearance of fingers, toes, or face. Watch for hypothermia. Signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.

“Put warm supplies––such as gloves, blankets and hats––in your car in case you become stranded or extreme cold strikes while you are away from home.”  They also say to monitor local weather reports before starting out.

“The National Weather Service is forecasting statewide wind chills to periodically dip down to 20 degrees below zero or lower.  Exposure to these temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

“Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear, such as hats, mittens and gloves—in addition to a warm coat. Always protect your lungs with a scarf. Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.”

So there you heard it from men and women in police and highway patrol forces assigned to protect citizens under their watch. Remember what wholesale Christian sweatshirts say about such rulers: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. . . For he is the minister of God to thee for good (Romans 13: 1 – 4).”

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