INGHAM COUNTY - After a brief warm-up on January 11, the mid-Michigan area is now blanketed by a coat of snow. The National Weather Service of Grand Rapids has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for counties throughout the state, including Ingham County.
With wind gusts as high as 35 miles per hour and rain changing into sleet and freezing rain, the Winter Weather Advisory is in effect now until 7pm on Friday, January 12. Slippery road conditions and snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is expected. Officials from the National Weather Service of Grand Rapids reminds motorists to be prepared for snow covered roads, limited visibilities and use caution when driving.
Ready.gov shares these tips to prepare for a winter snowstorm and extreme cold:
-Winterize your vehicle by checking antifreeze, brakes, heater and defroster, tires, battery, windshield wipers and keep your gas tank at least half full.
-Keep an emergency kit in you car which includes basic essentials: jumper cables, flares or reflective triangle, ice scraper, cell phone charger and sand or kitty litter for better tire traction.
-Stay indoors during the storm.
-Drive only if absolutely necessary.
-Check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.
-Bring pets inside.
-If you must go outdoors, wear several layers of loose-fitting lightweight warm clothing.