Winter storm: What you need to know


Snow covered the Capitol and the reflecting pool on January 24, D.C.’s most recent snowfall. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
March 5, 2013

The biggest snow threat of the season is expected to arrive Tuesday night into Wednesday, bringing with it significant accumulations across the region. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe, warm, well-fed and informed during the snowstorm:

Find the latest forecast from The Capital Weather Gang.

Prepare for the storm and make an emergency kit.

List your closings and cancellations.

— Find out about federal agency status; check Federal Eye.

Rebecca Callahan of the American Red Cross describes what items are needed for a first aid kit. (Jayne Orenstein and JulieAnn McKellogg/The Washington Post)

Track power outages.

— Stay safe if you’re using a generator or space heater.

Keep your food safe in case of a power outage.

Stay off the roads.

— If you have to go out, follow these winter driving tips.

Dress warmly.

— Office closed? School cancelled? Follow Going Out Guide for ideas on how to spend your spare time.

Rebecca Callahan of the American Red Cross describes what items are needed for a preparedness kit and what to do in an emergency. (Jayne Orenstein/The Washington Post)

— After the storm, here’s advice for hiring contractors for repairs.

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