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Snow will likely make Christmas travel more dangerous. Here are 3 tips to stay safe on the roads this week

Journal Times staff

There’s a good chance Wisconsin will experience a white Christmas in 2022. With that in mind, the regional office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is issuing warnings about how to be prepared when traveling during the holidays.

The National Weather Service says that it is monitoring “a potential winter storm” that arrive in Racine County on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 22-23. Friday through Sunday, ie Christmas Day, temperatures are never expected to be above 13 degrees Fahrenheit.

As such, FEMA has three tips for those traveling on roadways this week:

  1. If you must be on the road during severe winter weather, take precautions to get to your destination safely. Make sure you have a full tank of gas and essentials on hand before you leave—including a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, food and water. (Have those extra essentials for air or rail travel too.)
  2. If you’re trapped in your car, stay inside. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. When temperatures are around 10 degrees Fahrenheit with winds of 0-10 mph, frostbite can take hold in 10-30 minutes.
  3. Make sure everyone knows who to call if travel will be delayed or postponed.

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According to the American Safety Council, Dec. 23 and Jan. 1 are the third-most and fifth-most deadly days on the road in the US That comes despite statistics showing road deaths are much more likely in the summer, when weather rarely forces drivers to slow down, than in winter.

FEMA is also advising members of the public to check on neighbors and friends, especially older adults and young children who are more at risk of harm during extreme weather events.

If possible, every home should have several days of supplies and food for humans and pets, especially when risks of being trapped inside are increased.

Up to the minute weather alerts can be found at journaltimes.com/weather or ready.gov/winter-weather.

“If necessary,” FEMA’s Midwestern office said in an alert Monday, “alter travel plans, remain indoors and follow the instructions of local and state officials to stay safe.”

Photos: A look back at the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011

Winter storm 2011

Milaeger’s employee Miguel Ramirez operates a snowblower in front of the Johnson Building across from Monument Square in Downtown Racine on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, after a winter storm dropped nearly two feet of snow on the area overnight. / Scott Anderson [email protected]


SCOTT ANDERSON,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

Fatima Jallow is a flurry of activity as she shovels her front walk on Main Street on Racine’s north side on Wednesday morning, Feb. 2, 2011, after a winter storm dropped nearly two feet of snow on the area overnight. Jallow, originally from Senegal, lives in Racine and works in Kenosha. / Scott Anderson [email protected]


SCOTT ANDERSON,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

A car is completely plowed in on Racine’s north side on Wednesday morning, Feb. 2, 2011, after a winter storm dropped nearly two feet of snow on the area overnight.


SCOTT ANDERSON,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

Matt Adams is covered with snow as he blows snow in front of his house on Racine’s north side on Wednesday morning, Feb. 2, 2011, after a winter storm dropped nearly two feet of snow on the area overnight.


SCOTT ANDERSON,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

Clarence Phillip and Jennifer Ebben shovel out their front walk on the 800 block of Augusta Street on Racine’s north side on Wednesday morning, Feb. 2, 2011, after a winter storm dropped nearly two feet of snow on the area overnight.


SCOTT ANDERSON,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

A City of Racine snow plow travels along LaSalle Street on Racine’s north side on Wednesday morning, Feb. 2, 2011, after a winter storm dropped nearly two feet of snow on the area overnight.


Scott Anderson

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

A pedestrian navigates a shoveled section of sidewalk in front of Dover Flag and Map Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, after a blizzard dropped nearly two feet of snow in the Racine area. The owners of the store added flags to tell shoppers were they able to get access to the store.


GREGORY SHAVER,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

Workers from A.W Oakes and Son pile up snow removed from around Racine Friday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2011, along the Lake Michigan shoreline near Gateway Technical College.


GREGORY SHAVER,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

“It’s awesome,” said Judea Leon, 7, as she watches from the top of a snow bank as workers from AW Oakes and Son pile up snow removed from around Racine Friday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2011, along the Lake Michigan shoreline near Gateway Technical College.


GREGORY SHAVER,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

Bill Beckett blows snow away from an entrance to Olympia Brown Elementary School Thursday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2011, as maintenance workers prepare the school to reopen after a blizzard dropped nearly two feet of snow on the Racine area.


GREGORY SHAVER,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

Kris Harvey, right, and John Kopecky, left, work on shoveling the snow from the steps at Olympia Brown Elementary School Thursday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2011, as maintenance workers prepare the school to reopen after a blizzard dropped nearly two feet of snow on the Racine area.


GREGORY SHAVER,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

A pile of snow nearly reaches a sign warning of students walking to school in the 200 block of Barker Street Thursday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2011.


GREGORY SHAVER,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

Residents on Appaloosa Trail dig out of their driveways Feb. 2, 2011, after the snow plows opened the street. A blizzard dropped nearly 2 feet of snow in the Racine area.


Journal Times file photo by GREGORY SHAVER

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

A city snowplow travels north on Main Street Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, after a blizzard dropped nearly two feet of snow in the Racine area.


GREGORY SHAVER,

Winter storm 2011

Winter storm 2011

Matt Adams is covered with snow as he blows snow in front of his house on Racine’s north side on Wednesday morning, Feb. 2, 2011, after a winter storm dropped nearly two feet of snow on the area overnight during the 2011 Groundhog Day blizzard. Another Groundhog Day snowstorm is expected to hit the state this year, but Racine is only expected to receive 1 to 2 inches.


SCOTT ANDERSON, Journal Times file photo

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