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"The wind and cold can sure give me the shivers!"
blizzard forms when heavy snow falls and strong winds blow the snow around,
making it hard to see. Blizzards are
extremely dangerous because people can lose their way in the blinding snow.
The strong wind can create a cold
wind chill, making the temperature feel
even colder. The cold temperatures and wind can bring on frostbite or
hypothermia. Frostbite can permanently damage your skin, and hypothermia
makes your body temperature dangerously low. The strong winds in a blizzard can also cause power outages, and cold temperatures can
freeze water pipes.
"Stay put when visibility is low"
outside or driving in your car during a blizzard. Because the blowing snow
makes it hard to see, you may get lost in the storm. Some people have
frozen to death only a few feet from safety because they couldn't see where
they were. If you must drive in winter weather, make sure you can see
the road clearly, that your battery has a good charge, that your antifreeze
levels are high and that your brakes are good. Carry a winter
emergency kit in your car with the following:
|A windshield scraper|
|Flashlight and batteries|
|Water and snacks|
|A blanket, a hat, socks and mittens|
|Road salt and sand|
|Jumper cables and emergency flares|
"That's what we call a B-B-B-B-Blizzard!"
more to a blizzard than just snow. The National Weather Service defines a
blizzard as a snow storm in which the wind blows more than 35 miles an hour
and visibility is ╝ of a mile or less for at least three straight hours.
Even after the snow stops falling, the wind may keeping blowing so hard that
you can't see very far. That is called a "ground blizzard."
Key words to the Song:
"This is not the time to go outside,
Or get in your car to take a ride,
Stay in where it's warm and you'll be safe from harm."
Talk with your Friends and Your Family:
1. Do you get snow and wind where you live?
How about places where you visit?
2. How do you know whether or not it's safe to go outside in the snow or
3. How can you protect yourself when the cold wind is blowing?
4. How do you know when it's time to go inside in cold or snowy or windy
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