Winter Weather

Winter storms in the form of blizzards, heavy snows, ice, freezing rain or sleet can be a serious hazard to people in all areas of the North Dakota. The 1st line of protection is to keep posted on weather conditions through television, radio, and newspapers. Also bear in mind that extreme cold temperatures pose a threat to everyone.

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. 
  1. Getting Caught Outside

    Find out what you'll need to do if you find yourself outside during a winter storm.

  2. Prepare Home for Confinement

    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.

  3. Prepare for Winter Travel

    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.

  4. Winter Home Safety Checklist

    be sure to have the following items in your home during the winter months.

  5. Winter Storm Survival Kit

    View which items you should have for you Winter Survival Kit.