Travel With Caution: Michiganders Urged To Stay Safe Traveling For The Holidays

December 2, 2019

Weather officials are urging those traveling for the holidays in Michigan to drive with caution. According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm warning and winter weather advisory were issued Sunday, December 1, for over two dozen counties in northern Michigan. The advisories are expected to stay in effect through Monday, December 2.

Winter Storm Ezekiel’s impact on Upper Michigan

Sunday, Michiganders saw heavy snow mixed with freezing rain and sleet. Parts of the northern half of the state saw winds up to 40 mph and 8 inches of snow.

Weather is still causing problems in Upper Michigan. Schools are closed in Delta County and up to 23 inches of snow fell in downtown Escanaba. The airport is closed and similar air travel problems have been reported across the state.

Ice accumulation across the state downed many branches and powerlines. Many Michiganders were without power early Sunday.

Holiday travel tips for winter weather

Winter Storm Ezekiel won’t be the last winter storm to hit Michigan. That’s why it’s so important to know what to do to keep yourself, your family, and your home safe before you travel this winter.

If you’re among the 63% of people to move out of their hometowns and will be traveling for the holidays, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you go:

  1. Turn off your water. Before you travel anywhere for the holidays, it’s important to turn off your water. Water freezes and expands in pipes despite forged parts having a 37% higher fatigue strength. Turning your water off reduces the risk of burst plumbing and water damage.
  2. Have an emergency budget. Whether you’re traveling to Oahu (the most populated island of the Hawaiian Islands) or New York City (the most populated city in the country), it’s important to have an emergency budget in case a flight gets canceled due to a winter storm. Many folks traveling out of Michigan are having that problem right now. While you can always use your credit card, it’s best not to since the average FICO score nationwide is 699. It’s recommended to have an emergency fund that will last you at least a week.
  3. Keep an emergency kit in your car. Winter weather reduces visibility and makes it dangerous to drive. There’s a real possibility that you could break down on the side of the road. Keep an emergency kit in your car that includes food, water, and a flashlight. Additional tools to keep in your car include a road flare, jumper cables, extra flashlight batteries, blankets, and a properly inflated spare tire.

It’s important to stay safe while you travel, especially during the winter months. By following the tips above, you can stay safe and secure while you travel during the holidays.

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