Written by Darla Shumway
A significant winter storm is expected across northeast Montana this week, which will bring the potential for up to 12 inches of snow.
Predictions from the National Weather Service, as of presstime Tuesday, indicated that starting Thursday morning continuing through Saturday, snowfall totals of six to 12 inches are possible across the area by the time the storm ends.
Gusty winds of 15 to 35 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow as well.
The season’s coldest temperatures are expected, with lows in the single digits and highs in the teens on Sunday.
Wind chills down to zero to 10 below are expected late Friday and into Saturday.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends early winter preparedness to combat winter weather. Winter home and car survival kits can protect you and your family during a winter storm.
Home Survival Kits
Winter home survival kits should include nonperishable food items such as canned goods, dried fruits and crackers.
Keep at least five gallons of water per person in the event water pipes break or freeze.
Maintain a supply of medications that your family may need in case you cannot make it to the pharmacy.
Car Survival Kits
Essential items in a car survival kit include blankets, a first aid kit, a fully charged cell phone, water, flashlight and extra batteries, nonperishable foods and booster cables.
A bag of kitty litter or sand increases traction on snow or ice.
A bright colored cloth tied on the antennae in a snowstorm provides a beacon for rescuers.
Keep a winter hat, scarf and an extra set of gloves and clothing in your car.