Winter Weather Dangers
At some point each winter, St. Charles County residents will face threats from cold temperatures and deteriorating conditions.
Winter Weather Advisories
Winter Storm Watchmeans a winter storm is possible in the affected area. Listen for NOAA Weather Alerts for additional information and review winter safety preparedness plan.
Winter Storm Warningmeans a winter storm will soon be in the affected area. Remain in a safe location if possible or follow your winter safety preparedness plan. Take precaution to remain dry and warm by dressing in layers and using extreme caution when traveling.
Frost/Freeze Warningmeans below freezing temperatures are expected in the affected area. This may cause hazards to people and animals and may damage plants and crops.
Blizzard Warningmeans strong winds, heavy/blinding snow and extremely cold temperatures are expected in the affected area. Locate emergency supplies and avoid transportation unless required. If travel is necessary, alert someone to your destination and route.
Cold Weather Health Dangers
Hypothermiaoccurs when the body’s temperature falls below normal and impacts brain function. Warning signs include extreme shivering, confusion, slurred speech, slow breathing and a weak pulse, drowsiness or low energy, and bright red, cold skin. If you notice any of these signs and the body temperature is lower than normal, begin warming the person with warm blankets, beverages and shelter. Seek medical attention.
Frostbiteis the actual freezing of body parts and is usually indicated by numbness and white, blue or greyish skin. If left untreated, frostbite can lead to the loss of fingers, toes or other affected areas. Seek immediate medical attention for cases of frostbite and gradually warm the affected areas while seeking this assistance.
- CDC Winter Weather Preparedness
- FEMA Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
- National Weather Service - Winter Safety
- St. Charles County Emergency Cold Weather Hotline
- Map of Area Warming Centers
- Winter and Your Pet