Prepare Now: Massive Winter Storm to Bring Icy Temperatures, Howling Winds, and Blizzard Conditions Across US and Canada

Massive winter storm is expected to bring icy temperatures, howling winds, and blizzard conditions to vast swathes of the us and parts of canada. the storm will affect the midwestern us and great lakes region, including ontario, canada, and has the potential to become a “bomb cyclone” – an unofficial term for a certain type of powerful, rapidly strengthening storm. individuals and families should prepare for the storm by stocking up on food, water, essential medications, first aid supplies, a torch, batteries, an emergency heat source, and a functional carbon monoxide detector.

Storm is forecast to hit the midwest and great lakes region, including ontario, canada, later this week before heading towards the east coast. individuals and families should have enough supplies to last at least 72 hours, or three days, while vulnerable populations should have supplies for a longer period of time. winter supplies, such as ice melt salt and a spade for clearing heavy snow, should also be readily available. if a blizzard warning is in effect for the area, it is best to stay home until the warning has passed.

Storm has the potential to become a “bomb cyclone” due to its powerful and rapidly strengthening nature. blizzard conditions include visibility of less than a quarter of a mile (400m) and winds greater than 35mph (56km/h). stocking the car with a full tank of petrol, as well as an emergency supply kit, is important for safety. exercise caution when venturing out on the roads during icy conditions and drive slower than usual. if conditions turn out to be more dangerous than expected, reassess and do not let pride stop you from turning around or seeking safety along the way.

By Evey Lovelace

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