I understand that it's now officially winter and winter can and usually is cold. But, there is a type of cold that can potentially kill you and it's possible the Magic Valley may see that happen next week.

Here's the graphic that the National Weather Service in Boise shared on Facebook.

NWS Boise

They're not kidding, either. The coldest day appears to be Thursday, January 5. According to Weather.com, we will see a "high" that day of 9. Lows will be below zero. Not fun at all. This is the type of cold that can kill if you end up without power or stranded outside away from home.

Ready.gov has some tips on what you can do to prepare for what may happen in the Magic Valley the first week of January and they include:

  • add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.
  • Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: www.ready.gov/prepare. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking assistance for recovery.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Whatever you do, be aware of updates to the forecast for this area. You never know what the start of 2017 will bring.