According to the National Weather Service, a polar vortex is a “large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding both of the Earth’s poles. It ALWAYS exists near the poles, but weakens in summer and strengthens in winter”.
Wintertime, in the northern hemisphere, the polar vortex will expand, sending cold air southward. During these events, we experience colder than normal temperatures.
While there is no need to panic, it’s always wise to be prepared for cold temperatures. We suggest the following:
Keep Informed – Frequently check on your area’s weather forecast and heed the warnings. Just submit your city and state and click n the “Get Detailed Info” tab on the left of the screen. Information is usually updated every 3 hours.
Dress Warmly – Wear several layers of clothing to make sure you are warm indoors and especially outdoors. Also keep your pets as warm as possible for their trips outside and make sure to dry them off properly as soon as they get back in. See other tips – Winter Preparedness
Drive Safely – If you must drive, take your time and be careful. Also take along extra clothing, water and snacks to stay warm in the event you break down or have trouble on the roads. See suggestions on Car Emergency Supplies
Stock Up – For convenience, get gas, groceries and medication to last a few days to limit your need to be on the roads. Polar vortex usually hangs around for a few days. Consider checking on your home Emergency Kits.
The Gus Anthony Team hopes everyone stays warm and safe during the next few days.