Every year, West Texas is affected by winter weather, with at least one winter storm impacting the area in a typical year. Across the United States, dozens of fatalities can be attributed each year to winter weather, and dozens more are caused by exposure to cold. Add to that number, vehicle accidents and fatalities, fires due to dangerous use of heaters, and other winter weather fatalities, and you have a significant threat.
This winter may see more rain, snow and ice than average as El Nino conditions are developing and are likely to persist into the spring months. That means odds are a little higher for more hazardous wintry weather this year, and a significant storm with severe impacts is more likely. Thus, it is especially important this year to be prepared.
The keys to avoiding serious injury or death during a major winter storm include knowing the safety rules to survive cold weather, knowing how to stay informed of forecasts and warnings for winter storm conditions, and preparing ahead of time to handle difficult travel conditions and other exposure to harsh cold weather conditions.
Here are some helpful Winter Weather Safety Links