(WQOW) – Even though the meteorological winter begins on December 1, the snow is already on the ground, so it’s time to prepare.
“We average 55 inches of snow a year and we know it’s going to be cold. Where we live, it happens,” said Tyler Esh, Eau Claire County emergency management coordinator. “Taking the time now before either of these events actually happens is essential to ensuring that you are prepared for when these events occur. “
It’s Winter Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, a week devoted to raising awareness of how the people of Wisconsin should prepare for the harsh cold weather.
Eau Claire County Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and our News 18 meteorologists will all share tips to make sure you are prepared for the wide variety of winter hazards and are aware of winter weather hazards in Wisconsin. like heavy snow, ice storms, extreme cold and wind chills, blizzards, freezing rain and even carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Clear your air vents from snow this way, you reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning,” Esh said.
While many of us are probably used to the conditions, Esh said even the most seasoned Wisconsinites are encouraged to prepare for the worst.
“No matter how familiar you are with Wisconsin, these extreme temperatures can and will be dangerous for everyone,” Esh said. “We see it every year, some years are worse than others, but that doesn’t mean we have to let our guard down. We just have to be prepared for any conditions.”
Esh added that they are even reviewing how to drive safely this week.
“We’ll talk about road safety, the roads tend to get pretty bad in the winter,” Esh said.
Eau Claire County Emergency Management will continue to share ways to prepare for winter throughout the week on their Facebook page.