With West Virginians already feeling the effects of winter weather, the National Weather Service along with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have designated Dec. 3-7 as Winter Weather Awareness Week."Winter can be an especially challenging time in West Virginia as cold weather brings its own unique concerns and dangers,” said Michael Todorovich, Director of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “That’s why it’s important for all West Virginians to prepare now, before any potential harmful effects of winter make their way into the Mountain State." He said the Winter Weather Awareness Week is a perfect time to implement family plans, develop emergency kits, or even winterize your home or vehicle to prepare for what may come this season.
“It is not unusual for conditions to vary from no snow and clear driving in the valleys to piles of snow and treacherous travel conditions in the mountains,” said Tony Edwards, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, WV. “Travelers should make sure to check the forecast and road conditions all along their route, not just at their destination.”The West Virginia Department of Transportation urges you to “know before you go” by checking traffic and road closure information at www.wv511.org before heading out the door.The National Weather Service offices that serve the state of West Virginia will share winter weather preparedness information throughout the week via the web, Facebook and Twitter. Additional preparedness information for all hazards can be accessed on the ReadyWV! webpage.