(LANSING) – Residents of Southwest Michigan and Northeast Indiana will be facing snow covered roads and possibly below zero temperatures over the next few days.
The Michigan State Police is encouraging everyone to be extra cautious when going outdoors.
Captain Kevin Sweeney, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Commander of the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, says with the possibility of at or below zero temperatures in the forecast, it's important that everyone takes steps to stay safe.
Sweeney says if you must go outdoors or have to travel, be sure to dress appropriately and have an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle.
The National Weather Service is forecasting portions of the listening area to experience colder than normal temperatures and the chance of wind chills below zero over the next few days. Exposure to these temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia.
To stay safe during cold weather, limit your time outside. If you do go out, wear layers of warm clothing. Also watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Signs for frostbite include loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers and toes; numbness; white or grayish-yellow skin or waxy skin.
Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness.
Reduce the risk of a heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow.
If you are planning on traveling, check the forecast and road conditions for where you are going. If it looks dangerous, you may want to consider rescheduling. If you do travel, make sure your vehicle is ready by having the tires inflated properly; your windshield solvent reservoir is full and your wiper blades work well.
Also, remove all ice and snow from your windows and all lights. Have an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle and if you become stranded, stay with your automobile until help arrives.