It’s Winter Weather Preparedness Week. Here’s what you should do in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – After the early start to last winter, many may be wondering what this year will bring.

But no matter what happens, there are certain things to be aware of to be prepared.

“Keeping an eye on the weather and having those kits in your car in case you do happen to get stuck in bad winter weather, it’s always good to be prepared for winter weather like that,” said Clint Aegerter, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Omaha. “But again, it’s knowing what could happen, so just staying informed would be the big thing.”

It is a La Nina year, but that does not necessarily mean more or less snow, according to experts.

La Nina occurs when water temperatures are cooler than normal near the equator. But even with it being a La Nina year, meteorologists say we could still be near normal in terms of temperatures and precipitation this winter.

“With La Nina, there’s not really any strong signs either way in our area,” Aegerter said. “One was higher than normal snowfall, last year was below normal snowfall, so it’s really kind of up in the air with what can happen with those kinds of years.”

Some of the weather service’s messaging about being prepared this winter include the dangers of being outside.

Exposure to cold can become life-threatening by causing frostbite or hypothermia.

Frostbite is when there is damage to body tissue caused by extreme cold, while hypothermia is a potentially dangerous drop in body temperature caused by a prolonged exposure to the cold.

Temperatures and wind chills are expected to drop off this weekend just as firearm hunting season begins.

“It’s going to be quite the change here,” Aegerter said. “We’re going to be near or above record-high temperatures Wednesday and maybe Thursday as well. Then winter is going to kind of slap us in the face a little bit by Friday and Saturday.”

Hunters are encouraged to dress warm and in plenty of layers, he said.

Experts say the little ways that you can take control — like staying alert and adjusting your schedule so you’re not outside in the coldest parts of the day — can be what matters most.

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