As I sit gazing out at my office window at the sunny day warming up to 80 degrees in North Texas, Winter Storm Astro has already dropped over seven inches of snow in North Dakota and over nine inches in Minnesota. Winter storm warnings have been issued for seven states and I haven’t even eaten lunch yet. I should thoroughly enjoy this day, because winter is coming early this year.
Temperatures in the southern states will drop to 40 degrees lower than normal for mid-November, while record snowfalls are predicted for Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. For two weeks, part of the country may remain below freezing. The only states unaffected by the colder air will be specific states in the Southwest, Hawaii, southern Florida and Alaska. With temperatures averaging nearly 70 degrees in Fort Worth, Texas during November, many of us Southerners are probably unprepared. Weather experts are urging all of us to prepare early for the incoming cold weather, reminding citizens all over the United States that forecasts call for temperatures cold enough to cause hypothermia.
Northerners, used to frigid temperatures and plenty of snow aren’t caught off guard. Some are even hopeful it will help them bag an early season deer. Even so, severe winter weather has already caused over 100 vehicle accidents today in Minnesota. On the other hand, these rapidly falling temperatures might send some Southerners scrambling for pipe covers, firewood and boxed-up coats.
You can get ahead of the game this year by fully preparing for winter now. Read these following severe winter weather articles for help.
- The Top Five Best Winter Weather Prepping Tips
- Winterize Your House
- Get Your Car Ready
- How to Prevent and Treat Hypothermia
- How Do I Prevent My Pipes From Freezing?
- Last Minute Items to Get Before Everyone Else Does
- Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The majority of these posts were part of The Shooter’s Log series, “30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather.” You can find the entire series here.
Has winter weather already affected your area? Tell us how you are coping in the comment section.