Winter Weather Tips
In North Dakota we may know when winter will soon be upon us, but even with this knowledge winter weather often catches people unprepared. Below please find some tips that you can use when experiencing winter weather here in the area.
In the cold, dress in layers of loose fitting clothes. Wear a hat, gloves or mittens and a scarf.
Wear appropriate shoes for the conditions and walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks. Stay on cleared pathways/sidewalks. Do not take short cuts.
When traveling, carry a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Kits should include extra clothing, a blanket, high energy foods, flashlight and paper towels. Keep the gas tank full and let someone know your destination, the route you are taking, and when you expect to arrive. Check the latest forecast and road report. Take a cell phone and be sure the vehicle windows, headlights and taillights are clear of snow, ice and frost.
If you do get stuck, stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety. Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see. Start the car and use the heater for about ten minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes don't back up in the car. As you sit, move your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and stay warm. Keep a window open about a half an inch to let in air.
NDSU Storm Procedures - During some extreme winter storms, the NDSU campus may be entirely closed, or classes may be cancelled. Announcements of closures of campus or class cancellations will be posted on the main www.ndsu.edu website. For information on these NDSU Storm Procedures see the following link: http://www.ndsu.edu/weather/storm_procedures/