From Mild to Cold – North Dakota Braces for a Rollercoaster Weather Ride
Since winter is officially here, we have had it pretty good. November and December were a cakewalk compared to some from years past. That said, Mother Nature is getting set to deliver some cold temps and nast wind chills as early as Wednesday this week. An Arctic airmass will enter the region, bringing with it significantly lower temperatures. Forecast high temperatures are predicted to be close to or below zero throughout the state by this coming weekend.
Since things have been fairly mild, we have not talked much about cold temps and wind chills. When temperatures are expected to drop this low, limit the amount of time you stay outside and be sure to dress warmly. Expected wind chill values coming along with this Artic blast will be frigid.
If you need to travel this week, or even during the winter season, you should make sure that your car is equipped with a winter emergency kit. Here are the basics you shoud have from the North Dakota Safety Council\
Ten things for your winter car survival kit
- Sturdy ice scraper and brush: While scraping ice is no fun, you must clean all your windows before driving.
- Snow shovel: A collapsible shovel won’t take up too much room in your trunk.
- Gloves, hats, and blankets: Enough for anyone who rides in your car.
- Bag of abrasive material (such as rock salt, sand, or kitty litter): Spread them around your tires if you get stuck.
- Flashlight and extra batteries: Daytime is shorter in the winter than summer, so it’s best to have a light source just in case.
- Portable phone charger: You want your lifeline charged should trouble arise.
- Jumper cables: A dead battery is a leading cause of roadside trouble.
- Snacks: Nonperishable is best, but be careful with beverages (see below).
- First aid kit: If you have one already, make sure it hasn’t expired.
- Hazard triangles or LED flashers: A road safety vest also helps you put safety first.
This is the week to NOT wear shorts with a hoodie and flip-flops! Take some time now to prepare for the much colder temperatures expected to arrive this week!
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