Winter Preparedness Week 2013 Begins
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION,Colo. Sunday marks the first day of the Winter Preparedness Week in Colorado.
According to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction the weather this year is ranked to be the 14th coldest year on record with an average temperature of 55 degrees.
The last top record for coldest weather was back in 1912 with an average of 49.9 degrees.
The National Weather Service will be sending safety messages on their website including travel safety, winter weather definitions, high winds information, wind chill safety and avalanche safety.
Officials say travelers should be prepared with a safety kit in their vehicle this winter.
"Some of those items, things like a snow shovel to help dig out the snow. We recommend a metal blade so the snow doesn't stick to it but the plastic ones are a lot lighter. First aid kits are nice to have in your vehicle just in case you get stranded, a small coffee can to help you melt snow,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Colton.
Colton says if travelers are stranded along the side of the road and have no drinking water they should melt the snow first. Melting the snow is safer to consume because the temperature of the snow might be too cold for the body and might cause hypothermia.
This year the National Weather Service is implementing what's called Multimedia Briefings via Twitter, Facebook and now on YouTube.
The weather service will be updating their YouTube Channel, titled NWS Grand Junction, a few days before a winter storm hits.