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  • Sneaky Winter Hazards Safety Tips - #WeatherReady

    The Winter season brings many weather events that can "sneak" up on you.

    These are weather hazards that cause big impacts and make travel difficult without making big news. See our safety tips below to keep yourself safe. Please share the post with your family and friends. You may download and share by clicking the download link under each infographic. You must also see our Severe Weather & Winter Safety products!

    First Snow

    While lots of snow in the middle of winter can certainly cause dangerous travel conditions, many times it’s the first little bit of snow of the season that can cause accidents. Be extra careful as you and other drivers adjust to driving in poor conditions. Slow down, don’t use cruise control, and keep your distance from other vehicles. Don’t let the first snow sneak up on you!

    Sneaky Winter Hazards: First snow.

    Dense Fog

    Visibility can change quickly in fog, creating hazardous driving conditions. Slow down, use your low-beam headlights, and leave plenty of distance between you and other vehicles. Don’t let fog sneak up on you!

    Sneaky Winter Hazards: Dense fog.

    Sun Glare

    Even on a nice winter day, the low sun angle can make driving hazardous. Freshly fallen snow can add more glare to your drive. Have a pair of sunglasses on hand, slow down, and leave plenty of distance between you and other vehicles. Don’t let sun glare sneak up on you!

    Sneaky Winter Hazards: Sun glare.

    Rain with a Temperature Near Freezing

    Rain may seem like less of a winter driving hazard than snow, but when temperatures are near freezing, that’s not the case. Ice can form quickly and make roads slick. In these conditions, slow down, don’t use cruise control, and keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles. Don’t let this winter hazard sneak up on you!

    Sneaky Winter Hazards: Rain with a temperature near freezing

    Snow Squalls

    Snow squalls are short, intense bursts of snow and wind that can catch people off-guard. They can reduce visibility and cause dangerous travel conditions. If possible, avoid or delay travel until the squall passes. If you’re caught in one, slow down, turn on your headlights and hazard lights, and try to exit the road. Don’t let snow squalls sneak up on you!

    Sneaky Winter Hazards: Snow squalls

    Freezing Drizzle

    When surface temperatures are below freezing, drizzle will form a thin layer of ice on the roads. This difficult-to-see ice can cause very dangerous travel conditions. When it’s drizzling in the winter, slow down, don’t use cruise control, and keep your distance from other vehicles. Don’t let freezing drizzle sneak up on you!

    Sneaky Winter Hazards: Freezing drizzle

    Flash Freeze

    Even when it’s not precipitating, wet roads can quickly turn icy as temperatures dip below freezing. These unexpected slippery conditions can make driving hazardous. When roads look wet in the winter, stay cautious, slow down, and don’t use cruise control. Don’t let flash freezes sneak up on you!

    Sneaky Winter Hazards: Flash freeze

    Rain After a Long Dry Stretch

    You wouldn’t think a little bit of rain could make the roads slippery, but after a long dry stretch, it can happen. This is because oil and debris accumulate on the road during the dry period. Once the rain starts falling, roads become slick. Slow down in these situations. This is one of those hazards that can sneak up on you!

    Sneaky Winter Hazards: Rain after a long dry stretch.

  • Stay Protected Against Sun Damage!

    Wear Sunscreen in the Winter! Especially in the Mountains and Snow.

    Keep in mind the snow season for many mountain ranges in North America will continue well into May. During Winter and snowy Spring, most often people make the mistake of not finding shade as often during the winter because they are not getting sunburned as quickly and because the warm sun feels really good on their skin. Depending on your activities, you can actually do more sun damage to your skin in the winter than the summer.

    Spending time in the mountains and snow? Snow nearly doubles your exposure to UV rays. In fact, the snow reflects back 80-percent of UVA rays, nearly doubling your sun exposure! When you’re scoping those mountain views, keep in mind, UV increases by nearly four percent for every 1,000-foot increase in elevation. That’s more sun exposure than any day at the beach. Even if you prefer the view from inside the cabin, resort, or home, where it’s nice and warm, you’re still at risk for UVA skin damage. UVB rays are mostly blocked by glass and clouds, but 50- to 60-percent of UVA rays go right through windows.

    The Earth is closest to the sun in the middle of the winter. The changes of the season occur because of the tilt of the Earth, not how close are to the sun. In the northern hemisphere, we are closest to the sun about two weeks after the winter solstice. We’re the furthest from the sun about two weeks after the summer solstice. Ozone, the Earth’s “sunscreen,” is the thinnest during the winter. Ozone acts like the Earth’s sunscreen, filtering out and protecting us from harmful UV rays. In the Northern Hemisphere, ozone levels are generally the lowest from December to March. It works well for us that we spend the most time outside in the summer when we’re the most naturally protected, but it does add to the challenge in the winter.

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  • Severe Weather & Winter Safety

    Severe Weather & Winter Safety

    Severe Weather & Winter Safety

    Severe weather winter safety tips and preparedness

    Severe Winter Readiness! Get Your Gear On! From Blizzards to Blackouts; We've got you covered!

    As cold slowly seeps into your bones, so does a winter storm sneak up to wreak havoc.

    While whiteouts, blizzards, and ice storms are obvious threats, the dangerously low temperatures, long snowfalls, and rains may not appear as deadly as they can be.

    As Weather Ready Ambassadors, we remind you that the National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. For instance, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

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  • Things to Know in the Snow

    What should you know about the snow?

    Winter Emergency Preparedness KitHeavy snow can immobilize a region and paralyze a city, stranding commuters, closing airports, stopping the flow of supplies, and disrupting emergency and medical services. In 2015, Boston broke the all­-time winter seasonal snowfall record.

    However, dangerous conditions can still form when only a small amount of snow and ice form.  Cars driving over very cold pavement can temporarily melt snow. But those cold temperatures can refreeze that water back into ice. In 2014, less than three inches of snow paralyzed Atlanta, trapping children in schools and forcing drivers to spend the night in their cars.

    What to Do: Make sure you have food, water, and blankets in your trunk. Stay off the roads when advised to do so by local authorities. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged when a storm is approaching and also anytime you’re planning to leave the house. It could become your lifeline should disaster strike. For winter driving safety tips, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and FEMA's Car Safety site.

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