Winter Weather Awareness Day. It's a day some people don't know even exists, which means this day is especially for them, but important for everyone to pay attention to.
Omaha received its first snow of the season mid-October and we've seen a few flurries since then, too. but winter weather awareness day typically happens at the beginning of November, according to Science and Operations officer Brian Barjenbruch of the National Weather Service in Valley.
"It's a good time of year to really ramp up your awareness, in terms of our upcoming winter season," he says.
Barjenbruch also says most of what Winter Weather Awareness Day covers is common sense, but always a good reminder before we launch into the season and have to remember how to drive on snow and ice.
"The biggest thing with winter weather is travel. It's going to impact air travel, it's going to impact road travel and not in a good way. Travel becomes just, generally a lot more dangerous during winter weather," adds Barjenbruch.
Winter weather affects our lives in many ways, and paying attention to the forecast is crucial.
"It's important that we know tips for traveling in winter weather or avoiding travel. How to get quality information from trusted resources in terms of weather," he comments.
With so much information available, it can be difficult to sort out what is most useful.
"There are a lot of resources out there in the world of social media, and it's important to find someone that you trust, a meteorologist that can provide you a quality forecast and one you can use for day to day life."
The National Weather Service has a packet about Winter Weather Awareness Day available on their website, too.
And if you ever have any questions about the forecast, you can connect with the 3 News Now Weather Alert Team on social media and during our Facebook live updates.