Severe weather has the potential to occur year-round in St. Louis. Thunderstorms can bring strong winds, hail, lightning and flash flooding, while winter storms may include sleet, freezing rain, ice and heavy snow fall.
By monitoring weather conditions and preparing in advance, many of the inconveniences and deadly impacts of winter weather can be avoided.
Severe thunderstorm watch: issued when severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
Severe thunderstorm warning: issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.
How to prepare before it happens
- Keep an NOAA weather radio at a location that will allow alerts to be heard by occupants in the work area.
- Monitor the weather anytime there is a potential for severe weather.
- For winter weather, maintain an emergency kit that contains adequate clothing and blankets to keep warm.
What to do when it happens
- Stay updated with changing weather conditions.
- Stay inside during the storm.
- Minimize travel under difficult conditions.
- During thunderstorms, avoid contact with electrical equipment, corded phones/devices, and plumbing.
- Walk carefully during snowy, icy conditions.
- Report any power losses to WUPD (Danforth, West and North campuses) at 314-935-5555 or Protective Services (Medical School) at 314-362-4357.
What to do right after it happens
- Stay away from storm-damaged areas, including downed power lines.
- Report any damages to WUPD or Protective Services.
- Restock any emergency supplies.