As the snow continues to fall in Wisconsin today, the American Red Cross is reminding Northern Wisconsin residents to be prepared.
To start, they say people should know the difference between a winter storm watch and a warning. A watch is issued when winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. During a warning, severe weather conditions have already begun or will begin within 24 hours and people should immediately take precautions.
Winter storms can range from moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard that lasts for a few days. Regardless of the severity of a winter storm there are several steps individuals can take to remain safe.
The American Red Cross recommends:
-Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep emergency supplies in vehicles.
-Listen and watch for critical information from the National Weather Service.
-Bring pets inside. Move other animals and livestock to sheltered areas.
-Stay inside. If you must go out, wear warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in layers.