Winter safety in Columbia: Are you ready?

Thursday, December 8, 2011 | 9:37 p.m. CST

With the intense snow storms of last winter on our minds, and this week's inconvenient first snow in our rearview mirror, it's time to make sure we're all prepared for winter.

Take the quiz below to see how ready you are for a season of snow and ice, then scroll down for links and resources.


Whether you're new to winter weather or just need a refresher, check out these resources.

The city's winter weather website gives you access to a variety of information that includes weather services, snow policies, transportation schedules and road condition reports.

Check here to find the answers about snow removal. Check the specific requirements by law for cleaning your sidewalks. The latest updated snow plow priority map for the 2011-2012 snow season is also available.   

If you're afraid to hurt your back while shoveling, watch this video to learn some helpful tips.

Are you an athlete? Use extra precaution while exercising on chilly days. For your safety, please check the Department of Parks and Recreation announcements for ice conditions. Also, check out the Winter Sports and Park Safety Tips for more advice on ice skating, ice fishing and sledding.

Road conditions can become extremely hazardous for drivers when temperatures fall near 32 degrees. Follow the tips released by the city's Office of Emergency Management including car inspection, skid handling, driving distance and having an emergency winter kit while driving on icy roads. 

Other sources you may refer to:

Go to National Weather Service for the latest news and forecast.

Missouri State Emergency Management Agency also provides preparedness tips before a severe winter storm.

You can find the information on statewide road conditions by checking this interactive Traveler Information Map from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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