Weather Service Announces Winter Weather Awareness Week - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Weather Service Announces Winter Weather Awareness Week

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The National Weather Services has declared next week, October 21st through 25th, Winter Weather Awareness Week in Montana.

Each year winter storms claim dozens of lives and cause millions of dollars in damage. The Winter Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for people to prepare for the coming winter. The Weather Service website and Facebook page will post information on how winter storms work, and ideas on how to prepare for when a winter storms hits.

As part of the awareness week, Yellowstone County will test the siren system on Wednesday, October 23rd at 6 PM. "What we want people to do is to think about when they do hear those sirens, what would they do if it was a real emergency," says Tom Frieders, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Weather Service office in Billings. "Now, Wednesday is obviously a test, but if it were a real emergency, what would you do? And that's what we want people to start thinking about."

NOAA's winter outlook should be released in the next week or two. This winter will be hard to forecast, in part because there is no El Nino or La Nina this year. As a result, extreme cold and snow is possible this winter.

The best way to prepare is to make yourself a survival kit for your home and car. Radios and flashlights with plenty of extra batteries are always a good idea, as is having non-perishable food that's high in calories. It's good to keep any medication you may need in your kits as well. You should keep a shovel in your car to dig yourself out if you get stuck in the snow, as well as some sand or cat litter for traction. Extra blankets to keep warm are also good to have on hand,

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