After a Winter Storm

Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  • Access may be limited to some parts of the community, or roads may be blocked.
  • Help a neighbor who may require special assistance such as infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities.
  • Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance.
  • People who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.
  • Clear downspouts to allow melting snow to clear out. Clear the snow, ice, or debris away from the bottom of the downspouts at ground level to provide a pathway.
  • Do not climb on your roof to remove the snow or ice.


  • Follow forecasts and be prepared when venturing outside. Major winter storms are often followed by even colder conditions, so it is important to continue monitoring the situation.
  • Use caution when driving. 
  • As the roadways are cleared, large banks of snow line the streets and intersections. 
  • Use caution when driving around intersections as visibility may be obscured due to the large snow. 
  • As evening approaches, the temperature falls, contributing to icy conditions or black ice.
  • Watch for pedestrians. Due to the large volume of snow, the majority of sidewalks are impassable which has increased pedestrian traffic along roadways. Use caution when driving, you may not be able to stop as quickly as normal with the snow-covered or wet pavement.