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Winter Weather & Extreme Cold

Princeton can experience severe cold and/or storms during the winter months. Long-term exposure to extreme cold can lead to hypothermia and frostbite.

Severe winter weather can also lead to dangerous walking surfaces and road conditions, falling tree limbs or loss of power or heat.

Being prepared and knowing what to do when severe winter weather strikes can help minimize the hazards.

How to Prepare

  • Stay informed about severe weather forecasts. For some resources on local Princeton weather, click here.
  • Prepare emergency survival kits in case you are forced to shelter away from home.
  • Make sure cell phones are fully charged, and radios and flashlights have fresh batteries.

What to Do

  • Stay inside during a storm.
  • Minimize travel. Verify that the University is operating on a normal schedule.
  • Follow these winter walking safety tips if you must walk in snowy/icy conditions.
  • Keep clothing dry; change wet clothing immediately. Wet clothing quickly transfers body heat and can lead to cold weather illnesses.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite, hypothermia or other cold weather hazards.
  • Follow instructions if there is a power outage.
  • Be careful with alternative heat sources because of the risk of carbon monoxide. Do not use kerosene heaters in University buildings.

For more information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published this Guide for Extreme Cold

The National Weather Service has published the guide Winter Storms: The Deceptive Killer

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