2013-10-31 / Community

NWS: Winter almost here

Center recommends preparing for season

MARQUETTE – The seasonal transition to winter is now in full swing. In an effort to raise awareness about the potential dangers of the upcoming winter season, Gov. Rick Snyde has declared Nov. 3 – 9, as Winter Hazards Awareness Week in Michigan.

According to the National Weather Service Center in Marquette, Upper Michigan winters are severe, so preparedness, awareness and common sense are always important when facing winter hazards. During Winter Hazards Awareness Week, Michigan residents are encouraged to learn about the dangers associated with cold, snow and ice and how to stay safe during the winter season.

According to the center, at this point, there are no clear signals as to how the 2013-14 winter season will pan out. There are essentially equal chances for temperatures and snowfall to average above normal, near normal, or below normal this winter.

In light of this, the center is urging residents to prepare for the upcoming winter by making simple preparations, such as: making sure your car is ready for the colder weather, having a survival kit in your car, ensuring you have warm coats, hats, and gloves, and being aware of potential fire and carbon monoxide hazards from alternate heat sources such as a fireplaces, wood stoves or space heaters.

For more information visit the NWS Marquette website at www.weather.gov/mqt.

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