AURORA, IL – Aurora is warned of a winter storm for almost a full day. From Monday afternoon, a storm will fall up to 20 cm of snow across the region.
According to forecasts by the National Weather Service, there is a 100 percent probability of precipitation in Aurora on Monday evening, according to which there could be up to 20 cm of snow on the ground by Tuesday evening.
Tuesday evening to Wednesday there is a 20 percent chance of more snow showers.
The snow will likely be heavy, wet, and difficult to shovel. The dangers of shoveling heavy shows include slips and falls, sprained back, hypothermia, dehydration, and heart attacks.
According to the American Heart Association, before you pick up this shovel, you should:
- Avoid a heavy meal.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Use a small shovel as lifting heavy snow can increase blood pressure.
- Learn about the dangers of hypothermia and dress in layers.
- Do you know the signs of a heart attack: chest discomfort, pain in arm, neck or jaw; cold sweat; Nausea; and shortness of breath. Stop immediately and seek medical help if you experience any of these symptoms.
Also, if your car is covered in snow, make sure the tailpipe is clear before you start digging. Before sitting in the car and letting it warm up, clear the snow from the car exhaust pipes. Failure to remove the snow can result in carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure that there is enough air circulating behind your car so that the exhaust gases can vent and not build up around your car.
If you need to set off, officials recommend bringing a winter storm survival kit with you. According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, in addition to the medicines you might need if you are stranded, your car should be equipped with the following: