Winter Weather Preparedness




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Winter Preparedness Resources

Winter Preparedness Topics

Winter Preparedness: Links to More Information

Weather Climatology

2014-15 Winter Outlook






 Winter Preparedness Resources




     NWS Winter Watches, Warnings &                  Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killers (PDF)

                     Advisories (PDF) 



      Winter Preparedness Guide (PDF)                              Winter Storm Survival Kit 
                                                                                         Items for Travelers (PDF)






 Carbon Monoxide Safety Fact Sheet (PDF)                    Click the image above for the 
                                                                                               WInd Chill Chart


Some storms produce power outages that will last for several days. Having the following items will help you cope with the disaster:

    • Bottled water
    • Non-perishable food
    • Flashlights & extra batteries
    • Extra clothing & blankets
    • An extra set of keys & cash
    • Medications & a first aid kit 
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Pet supplies
    • A weather alert radio or portable 
      AM/FM radio



"By failing to prepare you

are preparing to fail."

-- Ben Franklin 

   Disaster Supply Kit (pdf)




 Winter Preparedness Topics



   Winter Weather Definitions / Terms 


Cold Weather Safety    



    Winter Weather & Your Health


Preparing Your Vehicle for WInter    



    Winter Weather Travel


Fire / Home Heating Safety     



 Winter Weather Resource Links


NWS Winter Safety and                       State of Illinois                   American Red Cross: WInter
       Preparedness                             Preparedness Page                   Storm Preparedness 



Click the logo above for              Illinois State Fire Marshall:        Portable Generator Safety
NOAA Weather Radio                           Fire Safety Page
information for central 
and southeast Ilinois


 Winter Weather Climatology


 Average Snowfall for a Calendar Year (Jan -- Dec)             Average Snowfall during Winter (Dec - Feb)


Average High Temperature in Winter (Dec - Feb)           Average Low Temperature in Winter (Dec - Feb) 


Average Liquid Precipitation in Winter (Dec - Feb)       Number of Days with Ice (Freezing Rain) in a Year


 2014-15 Winter Weather Outlook



Highly variable temperatures are anticipated this winter with bouts
of colder than normal weather, followed by periods of warmer than
normal weather.


Drier than normal conditions are slightly more likely than either 
normal or wetter then normal conditions.


Note: Keep in mind that the precipitation outlook is for liquid 
precipitation (for water resources purposes), and is not necessarily 
representative of the snowfall expected this Winter. Low amounts 
of liquid can produce LARGE amounts of snowfall. The bottom-line,

stay abreast of the latest forecasts - especially if you have travel

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