A park bench on the National Mall is buried under snow in this file photo. (Kevin Ambrose)

It’s finally wintry outside, and getting worse and we’re due for a major snowstorm on Friday and Saturday, our friends at Capital Weather Gang tell us.

Clearly, just burying yourself under all the blankets in your house with a grilled cheese sandwich won’t cut it in temperatures this extreme. So what can you do to protect yourself and your home?

From Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow, here are some tips:

  • Protect yourself: Know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite, and keep a kit with emergency supplies like blankets and batteries on hand.
  • Protect your pets: Don’t leave them outside, in a car or near a drafty door or window.
  • Protect your car: Check battery terminals, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid and more.
  • Protect your house: Here’s advice for dealing with your gutters, windows and exterior vents, and here’s an in-depth look at why pipes freeze and what you can do to avoid it.

You can read the full list of tips here.

Read more:

The latest forecast from Capital Weather Gang

Where heat is escaping your house

What to do if you see someone in need of shelter during freezing weather

The laws and fines for not shoveling snow in the D.C. area