Winter safety tips: How to prepare as dangerous pre-Christmas … – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Kayla Clarke, Senior Web Producer
Kayla Clarke, Senior Web Producer
Officials are recommending Michigan residents take steps to prepare themselves and their homes as a pre-Christmas winter storm approaches.
The storm is expected to begin with rain on Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of Metro Detroit starting late Thursday and going through Saturday afternoon.
The 4Warn Weather Team is tracking the potential for dangerous cold, winds capable of power outages and considerable snow in parts of the area.
Read: Dangerous winter storm starts with rain Thursday before snow, wind, cold hit early Friday in SE Michigan
Michigan State Police are encouraging residents to be flexible with travel plans and take steps to prepare themselves for the storm and keep themselves safe.
Travel is expected to be dangerous across the state Thursday through Saturday. The NWS said there is potential for blizzard conditions in the Upper Peninsula starting Thursday and in the Lower Peninsula starting on Friday.
Blizzard conditions are expected to last through Saturday with wind gusts between 40-50 mph and gusts over 60 mph possible at times Friday into Saturday.
Michigan State Police suggests residents have a supply of essential items ready to use during emergencies such as a power outage or being stranded in a vehicle. The supplies should be kept at home, at work and in vehicles.
“Winter weather can be highly unpredictable, and we encourage residents to start their travel early, if possible, or delay if plans are flexible,” Capt. Kevin Sweeney, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and commander of the MSP’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division said. “The most important thing residents can do to stay safe during extreme weather is to be ready ahead of time by equipping their homes and vehicles with basic emergency preparedness items and developing an emergency plan.”
Read: Winter storm watch in Metro Detroit may get upgraded: Here’s what blizzard, winter storm warnings mean
Michigan State Police shared the following winter preparedness tips for your home:
To view the Spanish version of the fact sheet above, click here.
Michigan State Police shared the following winter travel tips:
Drivers should check travel conditions and weather reports before getting on the road.
Major road closures can be found by clicking here. More resources can be found online here.
Michigan State Police suggest watching local news for updates instead of calling your MSP post or 911 for travel conditions.
Read more: Winter travel tips: How to get vehicle unstuck from snow, list of emergency supplies to take with you
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