Be Winter Weather Aware


Mild temperatures can lull even the most vigilant Iowans into complacency, but soon winter weather will return to Iowa. The change in seasons can produce blizzards, ice storms, periods of extremely cold temperatures, and dangerous wind chills. Frostbite, hypothermia, and motor vehicle accidents pose real threats to your safety. Being prepared at home and on the road can mean the difference between life and death.


Winter weather safety tips

  • Stay indoors when possible.
  • Dress warmly in loose-fitting, layered, light-weight clothing.
  • Avoid overexertion; cold weather puts added strain on the heart. If you do shovel snow, be sure to take frequent breaks.
  • Keep dry, and change wet clothing frequently to prevent loss of body heat.
  • Don’t drive in bad weather if it’s not necessary. The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents.
  • Have your vehicle systems checked by a mechanic, and install good winter tires.
  • Maintain at least half a tank of gas at all times.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit in your car.

Winter weather information from the National Weather Service offices serving Iowa can be found on the National Weather Service website. Check your local National Weather Service office for more information.


Additional winter weather information can be found on the Winter Weather page.


There are three simple steps you can take to be prepared any time of year:

  • Build a kit. Your emergency supply kit should have everything you need to sustain you and your family for 3-5 days. Get a checklist you can use to put together your own kit.

  • Make a plan. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is key. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do. Get your family plan here.

  • Be Aware.┬áLearn about the hazards that can affect your community, and learn how to get information about current weather and road conditions.