According to NOAA, midwestern states such as Wisconsin are forecast to get a lot more snow than normal this winter. "Wetter-than-average conditions are anticipated across portions of the Northern U.S., primarily in the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and western Alaska." So, if you haven't already, it's a good idea to prepare for heavy snow and hazardous driving conditions in Wisconsin.
"Winter in Wisconsin can be fun and exciting, but sometimes the conditions can become dangerous. Winter storms can sweep through, bringing high winds, large amounts of accumulating and drifting snow, ice, and extreme cold temperatures. Being prepared ahead of a storm will help you get through it safely," per the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).
Wisconsin residents should consider storing an emergency supply kit at home to prepare for cold temperatures and winter storms. It might include food, water, a first aid kit, and a portable phone charger in case you need to recharge your devices in the event of a power outage. It's also worth having emergency contacts written down if you need to borrow a neighbor's phone.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services advises telling friends and family where you're going and when you expect to return during adverse weather. If they haven't heard from you in a timely manner, it's a sign that they should contact the appropriate authorities in case you're in trouble.
If you must go outside in cold weather, dress in layers to keep warm. Wear a hat, scarf, snow boots, and a long-sleeved sweater. Also, having a warm jacket will keep you from getting too cold.
If your water pipes freeze during cold weather, the CDC recommends thawing them slowly with warm air from an electric hairdryer. Also, you should install carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home. They can be purchased from Walmart, Home Depot, and many other major retailers.
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