Today’s focus is an overview of the harsh conditions Polk County residents can sometimes face

    In recent years especially, the early-November Winter Hazard Awareness Week initiative coordinated by Polk County Emergency Management has served as a valuable, useful reminder to everyone of the dangers of the winter weather soon to come.

    But this year, with snow, ice, wind and cold already upon us, the timing might be especially appropriate for the annual observance.

    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division is participating in the statewide Winter Hazard Awareness Week campaign, which takes place November 6-10. Winter Hazard Awareness Week is promoted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management. This week allows Minnesotan’s an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the hazards we face each winter season. These hazards include dangers from winter weather, dangers from heating sources, and ventilation issues, just to name a few.

    Each day of the week has a hazard topic. Monday is a “winter weather overview.”  

    Minnesota experiences a vast variety of inclement weather conditions during the winter months. In Polk County we are especially prone to experiencing brutal cold, heavy snowfall, and extreme winds. A number of different watches, warnings, and advisories are issued during the winter season. Winter Weather Advisories are issued when winter weather will cause travel difficulties. Winter Storm Warnings are issued for heavy snowfall, or the combination of dangerous blowing and drifting snow. A combination of blowing or falling snow, cold temperatures, and windy conditions can prompt a blizzard warning.

    Polk County is covered by the National Weather Service’s Grand Forks Office. You can get additional weather information by visiting their website at: www.weather.gov/fgf.