(WQOW)- Even though Meteorological Winter begins December 1, snow is already on the ground and therefore it's time to prepare.
"We average about 55 inches of snow a year and we know that it's going to get cold. Where we live, it happens," said Tyler Esh, the Eau Claire County Emergency Management Coordinator. "Taking the time now before either of those really occur is critical to ensuring that you're ready for when those events do occur."
It's Winter Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, a week dedicated to spreading awareness on how Wisconsinites should prepare for harsh cold weather.
Eau Claire County Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and our News 18 Meteorologists will all be sharing tips to make sure you are prepared for the large variety of winter hazards and are aware of winter weather dangers in Wisconsin like heavy snow, ice storms, extreme cold and wind chills, blizzards, freezing rain and even carbon monoxide poisoning.
"Clear your vents of snow that way you reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning," Esh said.
While lots of us are probably accustomed to the conditions, Esh said even the most seasoned Wisconsinites are encouraged to prepare for the worst.
"No matter how versed you are in Wisconsin, these extreme temperatures can and will be dangerous to anybody and everybody," Esh said. "We see it every year, some years are worse than others, but it doesn't mean we need to let our guard down. We need to just be ready for whatever the conditions are."
Esh added that they are even going over how to drive safe this week.
"We'll talk about driving safety, the roads tend to get pretty bad in the winter," Esh said.
Eau Claire County Emergency Management will continue sharing ways to get ready for winter weather all this week on their Facebook page.