Many along the east coast of the United States are preparing for the first major blizzard this winter. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a snowstorm and some other winter weather survival tips.
Winter arrived about a month late for the U.S., but now it’s game on!
The first major blizzard is predicted to hit the east coast this weekend. Snow started to fall in Washington, D.C. Friday afternoon. The city is expected to have about two and a half feet (0.7 meters) of snow by the time the storm ends. More than 6,200 domestic flights have been canceled and about 30,000 people in North Carolina have already lost power.
If you’re going to be affected by the blizzard this weekend we thought this video by CNN was helpful, click to watch!
Here is a video on how your body reacts to cold weather:
What is frostbite?
Frostbite happens when a person loses feeling and color on a certain area of the body. Most common places are the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, and toes. Symptoms include:
- White or yellowish patches of skin that feel numb
- Your skin feels hard, waxy, or again feels numb. Also, if you’re skin is blistering/opening or looks darker than usual.
- Swelling, itching, burning or a deep pain
How to keep warm and avoid frostbite
1. Check the weather
We know it’s cold. But how cold? Will it rain today or snow? These details can help you prepare how to dress. Simply check online or flip on the TV.
2. Dress in layers
Now you checked the weather, depending on how cold it will be will determine how many layers of clothes to wear. Layers will keep you warmer and it allows you to shed some clothes once you get inside. Some items we suggest include:
- Thermal clothing, such as thermal underwear (yes, we said thermal underwear) and thermal undershirts and pants.
- Fleece lined jeans
- Long socks or leg warmers
- A coat with a hood. It’s a known fact your head loses the most heat so you need to keep it covered.
- Gloves, scarves, and earmuffs will be your friends. Wear them all the time to make sure you don’t have any skin exposed to the cold.
3. Invest in winter boots
Probably one of the most important things you can do is invest in a good pair of winter boots that will keep your feet warm and dry. Look for boots with excellent grip for those icy sidewalks.
4. Pack warm food/drinks
There’s nothing like a thermos full of hot chocolate or coffee to warm you up. Pack it if you have to walk across campus to work on a group project or study in the library.