Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What To Wear In A Blizzard

A blizzard is a severe winter storm with high winds and blowing snow that creates extremely poor visibility. A blizzard may be accompanied by heavy snowfall and extremely frigid temperatures. However, in some cases, all that is needed to cause a blizzard is previously fallen snow and very windy conditions. Knowing what to wear in a blizzard and other severe winter storm conditions is a matter of physical safety, not merely comfort. Inadequate clothing can result in frostbite, hypothermia and can even prove fatal.


1. Wear multiple layers of clothing. Air trapped between these layers provides extra insulation, reducing the rate at which your body loses heat. Start with a set of long underwear under your street clothes.

2. Add a heavy sweater, preferably wool with a turtleneck, to keep cold air from penetrating. Choose a waterproof outer coat with a down liner or a liner made of lightweight, high-tech insulating materials. Waterproofing is important. If your clothes get wet, the moisture causes your body to lose heat at a much faster rate. The coat should be as long as possible. A short jacket won't give your legs any protection. Another useful feature is a waterproof hood you can pull over your hat and head.

3. Wear a hat with flaps that cover your ears. If the hat does not cover your ears, wear earmuffs to protect your ears from frostbite. Add a scarf to wrap around your neck that is long enough to pull over your mouth and lower face in extremely frigid conditions. Your hands are vulnerable to frostbite, so wear a pair of insulated, water-repellant gloves.

4. Shield your feet with waterproof boots that have an insulating lining. Rubberized soles are a plus, since they will help you keep your footing on slippery ice and snow. Add a pair of heavy wool socks as well. You can carry a pair of shoes appropriate to your workplace or other destination and change shoes when you arrive.

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