After Winter Storm Jonas, the East Coast is probably ready for warm weather and daffodils. They’re probably also happy that Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. However, another gust of winter weather is heading northeast.
The winter weather advisory is in effect beginning approximately Monday at 1 a.m. and continuing until Tuesday at 10 a.m.
According to Cincinnati.com, roads have been worsening as of 5:50 p.m. Sunday due to snow fall and accumulation. The Cincinnati area has a forecast of about three inches of snow.
Areas of Virginia and Maryland are likely to get hit a little harder.
CBS DC reported that Baltimore and Washington D.C. could get three to five inches with a chance of sleet and freezing rain. Western counties in Maryland could get four to eight inches.
But there’s no need to worry. Here are some basic ways to prepare for the next couple of days:
1. Don’t freak out.
Just because the weather could get bad and you could be snowbound for a day or two, you don’t need to go to Wal-Mart and battle the crowds trying to stock up on bread and water. Of course, freezing rain always has the potential to become dangerous, but you’re probably okay with just the bare necessities. Make sure you’re well-stocked, but do not go psycho being one of “those people” at the grocery stores.
2. Make sure you’re warm and you have plenty of salt.
Rather than worrying so much about food, instead confirm that you have plenty of blankets around the house. Even if your power does not go out (which it probably won’t), blankets are good to have around in case you’re snowed in. Also, make sure that you have some salt on hand for the driveway and the steps outside your front door.
3. Create “car safety kits”.
If you talk to your grandparents, especially those who lived in northern states when they were growing up, you’ll likely hear stories about the emergency kits they kept in their cars in case of bad weather.
This is a good practice to implement since winter weather can often mean shut down highways and stranded cars stuck in the middle of blizzards. Some good things to put in your safety kits would be a blanket or two, snacks, gloves, hats, scarves, pocket warmers, road flares, jumper cables, and an ice scraper. You never know when these may come in handy.
4. Grown-ups can have fun in the snow, too.
Just because you’re an adult does not mean that you cannot channel your inner Anna and build a snowman. If the snow isn’t too treacherous, grab a friend and head to the nearest sled hill, or go for a snowy walk and enjoy the beauty of the winter wonderland around you.
5. Remember: safety first.
Maybe you have that doctor’s appointment today that took you ages to schedule. But if you don’t feel comfortable driving on the roads, don’t try it. Even if you do feel confident about driving, make sure you think twice before testing your luck (especially if people say that the roads are rough). NY Metro Parents suggests that you always be aware of frostbite or possible emergency situations when outside or leaving the house: don’t go anywhere without a cell phone, and try not to leave your child unsupervised if they are outside in the snow.
6. If you have kids, make the day fun!
Depending on the weather and temperature, your kids may or may not be able to play outside. If, for some reason, they need to stay inside on this snowy day, make it fun for them. Building forts, hot chocolate and snow ice cream are some classic favorites.
7. Enjoy your day.
Most importantly, have fun on your day indoors. Whether this means Scrabble with your significant other or a good book and coffee by the fireplace, snow days don’t always equal “dangerous and worrisome.” Sit back, get comfortable, and stay safe.
As the winter weather advisory goes into effect early tomorrow morning, be careful but have fun. The Inquisitr reports that, while the storm advisory will only be in effect for a couple of days, the storm will be widespread.
“The storm’s effects will be felt as far west as Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and as far south as Georgia.”
Although safety comes first, the storm shouldn’t be as bad as Jonas, so enjoy the snowy weather (even if that means staying indoors).
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