As many as 50 million people across 30 states will experience a dangerous ice storm over the next few days and millions more will face dangerously cold temperatures as extremely chilly air moves down from Canada and across the U.S.
Millions of people from New Mexico to West Virginia are under winter weather alerts, including the threat of a dangerous ice buildup over the next several days, especially in Texas. Flights are already being cancelled, roadways are very slippery and power outages are predicted.
Dangerously cold temperatures are also an issue — a town in Utah recorded the lowest temperature in years — minus 59 degrees. This frigid air mass is causing temperatures to drop as much as 40 degrees below normal and is spreading south and east throughout the week, hitting the Northeast by Saturday.
The American Red Cross is monitoring the storms and preparing to respond if necessary. Here are steps you should take to stay safe during this dangerous weather:
WINTER WEATHER SAFETY
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).
POWER OUTAGE SAFETY
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