Arctic Air Invasion, January 29–February 1

Posted on 1/24/2019 2:18:01 PM

Snowmageddon bypassed the region, but the Arctic cold has not.

BrrrrrrrrThe National Weather Service has provided a “heads up” of a blast of Arctic air that will bring freezing temperatures in the upcoming week, January 29–February 1, 2019. Temperatures are expected to not make it out of the single digits and perhaps above zero. Overnight lows will likely be in the -5 to -15 degree range. 

Try to stay indoors during extremely cold weather. Make any trips outside as brief as possible, and remember these tips below to protect your health and stay safe.

Take Action

  • Dress warmly and stay dry.
  • Wear a hat, scarf, and mittens.
  • If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, work slowly.
  • Avoid walking on ice or getting wet.
  • Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping, or skiing.
  • Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.
  • If you are stranded, it is safest to stay in your car.

What to Do if You Get Stranded

Staying in your vehicle when stranded is often the safest choice if winter storms create poor visibility or if roadways are ice covered. These steps will increase your safety when stranded:

  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers, and raise the hood of the car (if it is not snowing).
  • Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area.
  • Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers.
  • Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems.
  • Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe—this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.
  • Do not eat unmelted snow because it will lower your body temperature.
  • Huddle with other people for warmth.

This message brought to you by the Emergency Management Office.