Snow, sleet and freezing rain that began over the weekend has made roads dangerous from the Midwest to most of the eastern United States.
Freezing rain coated streets and highways early Sunday, laying down a deadly layer of ice in Kansas City.
Drivers in northern North Carolina, southwest Virginia and southeast West Virginia will face another day of hazardous driving conditions Tuesday with below freezing temperatures expected in the morning after freezing rain expected in the region overnight.
The short term forecast for the Genesee Valley and northern Finger Lakes – Periods of snow…mixing with sleet and freezing rain. Snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches possible for a storm total of 5-10 inches.
In Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, mostly Cloudy With Numerous Showers And Thunderstorms. Some Thunderstorms May Be Severe With Damaging Winds. Lows In The Mid 60s.
What do we need to do to survive cold weather…click more and stay safe!
The American Red Cross offers the following tips to stay safe in cold weather:
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS WITH THE SUDDEN CHANGE TO COLD WEATHER, especially the elderly.
RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHERMIA. Hypothermia can be a serious medical condition. Signs include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
RECOGNIZE FROSTBITE WARNING SIGNS. Signs of frostbite include gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness and waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
DRESS FOR COLD WEATHER. Keep a hat on! Fifty percent of your body heat is lost through your head. Dress in layers. You can take off a layer if you get too warm. Wear waterproof, insulated boots for traction and warmth; if needed, wear a couple of layers of socks underneath, but make sure your circulation doesn’t get cut off by a tight fit. Check for “wind seals” at the waist, neck and wrist of your winter jacket. Woolen pants will keep you warmer than jeans, corduroys or sweatpants. Don’t forget to wear long underwear to pull moisture away from your skin. Wear gloves or mittens, and replace wet clothing immediately.
DRINK HOT CIDER, SOUP OR BROTH. These will warm you and give you nutrients and energy. Coffee and tea, so popular on cold days, actually cool the body. Drinking beverages with alcohol or caffeine will make you more susceptible to cold-weather emergencies like hypothermia.
HAVE IMPORTANT TOOLS IN YOUR CAR. Important items to consider placing in your include: a first aid kit, windshield washer fluid (anti-freeze variety), blanket, spare jacket and gloves, and booster cables.