A few hours of advanced warning of a storm can be the key to avoid being caught in it, or at least to being better prepared to cope with it.
Winter Storm Watch
This means that hazardous winter weather conditions (such as snowfall greater than 6 inches in 24 hours, winds gusting over 35 miles per hour, or visibilities less than 1/4 mile) are expected in the next 12 to 36 hours.
Winter Storm Warning
This means that hazardous winter weather conditions (snowfall greater than 6 inches in 24 hours, winds gusting over 35 miles per hour, or visibilities less than 1/4 mile) are occurring or are expected within the next 12 hours.
Find out what you'll need to do if you find yourself outside during a winter storm.
Winter weather can isolate, or confine you in your home. If you live in rural area, make sure you could survive at home for a week or two in case a storm isolates you and makes it impossible for you to leave.
If you must travel, use public transportation if possible. However, if you are forced to use your automobile for a trip of any distance, take the precautions outlined in this section.
be sure to have the following items in your home during the winter months.
View which items you should have for you Winter Survival Kit.