Kenosha County Public Health in cooperation with the Kenosha County Division of Emergency Management is issuing tips for being prepared and safe during the upcoming winter storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Kenosha County from Wednesday, Feb. 15 until 9 pm on Thursday, Feb. 16. A significant winter storm is imminent and expected to impact the afternoon and evening commute on Thursday. Dry snow will spread over the area on Thursday morning with locally higher snow amounts along Lake Michigan throughout the day. Blowing and drifting snow across rural and open, exposed areas are expected to impact travel. Visibility on roadways will be low with blowing and drifting snow.
Before a winter storm, you can prepare at home by gathering items you may need if the power goes out. This includes keeping on hand at least three days of non-perishable food and water. Also, check and replace batteries in your portable light sources. Emergency vehicle kits should contain a portable light source, first aid kit, booster cables, emergency flares, water, snack food, extra gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, a shovel, and a bag of sand or kitty litter to provide traction.
For the latest information about the forecasted winter storm, check in with your local National Weather Service office, at https://weather.gov. Winter weather preparation tips from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services are available at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/climate/winter-weather.htm.