Snowstorms, freezing rain and cold temperatures can lead to dangerous situations in the winter months. Check out the following Extension resources to learn how to stay safe and warm during a snowstorm.
Home, Health and Travel Tips
Heating and Electricity Concerns
Space heaters, generators, fireplaces, and candles can be used as alternative sources of heat and light, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. Learn safe ways to use alternative forms of heating and electricity...
Snowstorms and Overloaded Roofs
Snow overloads on roofs can lead to collapses and injuries. Find out more about roof overloads…
Snow and Ice Removal
Stay safe while shoveling and scraping this winter. Learn the proper techniques and tips for snow removal without straining or spraining your muscles. Learn more about snow and ice removal ...
Winter Storm Checklist
Follow the American Red Cross guidelines for winter storm preparedness.
These guidelines suggest, among other things, creating a safety checklist and recommendations for items to purchase before a storm. The site also provides tips on managing supplies during a storm.
It’s best to avoid traveling during dangerous winter weather. However, if you must
travel, be prepared. Our resources link you to road conditions, best practices
for driving on snow and ice, and other travel tips.
Learn more about traveling during snow storms...
It only takes a few hours for food in your fridge or freezer to go bad during a power outage. WVU Extension Service’s Families and Health program, in partnership with the USDA, can help you keep your freezers full and your food safe with a few simple tips.
Prior to Inclement Weather
At the first news of inclement weather, consider taking the recommend precautionary measures from the USDA. Learn how to prepare for an oncoming snowstorm…
After a power outage
Once a storm hits, be sure to keep food safety in mind when storing or preparing food. Learn to reduce risks and prevent food illness…
Most often, the safety of our domestic water supply is of little concern. However,
situations may occur when the water supply may be cut off or damaged – like during
Learn how to properly store water for use in emergency situations.
Winter Storm Terms
- Freezing rain – rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
- Sleet – rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.
- Winter storm watch – a winter storm is possible in your area. Tune to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, television, or trusted websites for more information.
- Winter storm warning – a winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.
- Blizzard warning – sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.
- Frost/freeze warning – below freezing temperatures are expected.