If you’ve lived in Michigan for more than a year, you know our winters can be pretty serious – but here’s what else you need to know so you’re prepared for anything.

Snow and Ice Preparedness 101: A Michigan Primer

Knowing the difference between watches, warnings and advisories, as well as understanding how to prepare for each, can make a huge difference in the way you experience a Michigan winter.

Watches, Advisories and Warnings

The National Weather Service issues three main types of alerts: watches, advisories and warnings.

  • Watches let you know that there’s a chance of winter weather coming to your area within the next 48 hours, and that it could have a high impact on you.
  • Advisories let you know that snow, sleet or freezing rain are most likely going to inconvenience or impact you.
  • Warnings let you know that a high-impact winter weather event is on its way within the next 12 to 18 hours.

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Prepping for a winter storm isn’t terribly complicated, but it does require you knowing that you could be snowed in or otherwise trapped – and that emergency responders might have a tough time getting to you if something goes wrong.

Before a winter storm:

  • Make sure you have flashlights and batteries, as well as a crank radio or battery-powered radio
  • Keep first-aid supplies on-hand
  • Stock up on food and water
  • Make sure your medications are easily accessible
  • Keep extra pet food and supplies handy
  • Gather blankets in the event of a power outage
  • Bring the shovel inside the house in case your doors and windows are covered in snow
  • Keep a bag of salt inside, too

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