Department of Emergency Management and Security
What It Is
Winter Weather includes ice, heavy snow, and extreme cold conditions. These can cause power outages and loss of heat and communications services - sometimes for many days. The greatest threat from winter weather is often from secondary impacts, such as traffic accidents on icy roads. Hypothermia and frostbite, which can result from prolonged exposure to cold, are also risks. Additionally, clean-up (shoveling) from winter weather events can be strenuous, and may therefore pose a risk for older adults and others with physical limitations.