Millions of people from coast to coast face the threat of what the National Weather Service (NWS) describes as “a massive winter storm” poised to impact most of the northern U.S. this week.
The heavy snow and strong winds will hit the northern Rocky Mountains and Plains states, then move eastward over the next several days toward the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast. Some wind gusts could hit 80 mph and the mountains could see more than two feet of snow. The southern end of the storm could bring sleet and freezing rain to the upper Mississippi Valley and lower Great Lakes. The NWS reports the storm could mean treacherous travel conditions and possible power outages for the affected areas.
The American Red Cross is monitoring the storm and preparing to respond if necessary. Here are steps you should take to stay safe during this dangerous weather:
Winter weather can bring life-threatening conditions. Stay indoors and wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight warm clothes.
STAY SAFE OUTSIDE
Wear layered clothing, mittens or gloves, and a hat.
Avoid travel if you can. If you must go out during a winter storm, use public transportation if possible. About 70 percent of winter deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.
If you are stranded, stay in the vehicle and wait for help. Do not leave the vehicle to search for assistance unless help is visible within 100 yards (91 meters).
Don’t forget your pets. You can find winter pet safety steps here.
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