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Winter is a quiet time on the forest. The snow muffles noise and less visitors come to the area. For visitors who enjoy winter camping, hiking or ice fishing, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or snowmobiling it's the perfect time to visit.
Visiting in winter can bring a few complications not experienced during warmer weather month.
Winter driving can pose its own challenges
In addition to the tips above, keep these suggestions in mind, too:
- Most forest roads are not plowed or salted/sanded in winter.
- Check the Pennsylvania Department of Transportations website for information on road conditions, closures, and restrictions.
- Follow the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration detailed winter tips.
- Check current and forecast weather conditions.
- Check the forest or grassland website where you plan to go for any posted alerts.
- Make sure that your car is in good mechanical order. Check tire condition, antifreeze and motor oil levels, and the entire exhaust system for leaks. Ensure that all hoses and belts are in good condition.
- Pack extra layers of clothing, including rain gear, socks, gloves or mittens, and a warm hat.
- Bring a winter emergency kit, which should include a flashlight, map and compass, matches in a waterproof container, whistle, fire-starter, nylon cord, pocketknife, high-energy food, plastic tarp, space blanket, signal mirror, first aid kit, duct tape for repairs, and a metal container for melting snow.
When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can produce. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy, resulting in hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature.
Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous since a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.
Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.
For information on what to do if someone is showing signs of hypothermia visit our Know Before You Go website.