Planning for this weekend’s snowstorm — or any other snowstorm?

The East Coast might face a massive snowstorm this weekend, one that meteorologists say could be of “historic” proportions.

There are lots of fun things to do during a snowstorm, like drink hot chocolate and build snowmen. But there is one specific thing that pretty much everyone should avoid during a big snowstorm — the thing you should keep in mind as you make preparations for this week.

Do not, if you can possibly avoid it, drive anywhere.

Alan Black and Thomas Mote at the University of Georgia compared deaths from winter-related travel with those from other weather events. Between 2002 and 2011, there were an average of 842 deaths from winter-related automobile accidents annually. That’s more than the average deaths from lightning strikes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and rip currents combined.

So, be certain you have backup groceries, batteries charged for mobile devices, alternatives on hand for staying warm if and when the power goes out.

One thought on “Planning for this weekend’s snowstorm — or any other snowstorm?

  1. Kivalina says:

    “…While a minority of forecasters are calling for a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event next week { https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudden_stratospheric_warming }, the models only show warming in the very upper portions of the stratosphere – with no significant change in the lower stratosphere which is required for a SSW to have any impact on the low level, tropospheric circulation. The chances of having a significant SSW event are around 30% – and even if it should occur, it takes 2-3 weeks (or 3-4 weeks from now) for its impact to be ‘felt’ at the surface – and there is absolutely no way to know WHERE it will result in major and/or prolonged cold weather. So for the now, warmer Temps remain in the extended outlook for FEB.” http://www.wunderground.com/blog/SteveGregory/major-winter-storm–warmer-temps–feb-outlook See Fig 1: 30 Day Animation of 10mb Temps. The ‘pulsing’ nature of the upper stratospheric (generally above ~30mb level) can be seen – though the core of warming Temperatures have remained over or near the arctic basin – and has been unable to migrate to the lower stratosphere. http://icons.wxug.com/hurricane/steveg/TEMP-ANIM-6B.gif

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