As mid-Michigan braces for severe winter weather on Monday, authorities are advising residents to take precautions and to be prepared.  Up to a half inch of ice accumulation is possible, along with wind gusts and some snow.  Any one of these things, or all of them, could lead to downed branches and power lines, power outages, dangerous road conditions and stranded drivers.
 
Michigan State Police (MSP) says residents should have three days worth of food and water on hand in the event you become stuck in your home.
 
A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect at 10am Monday for the Lansing area, and authorities are encouraging residents to stay off the road unless travel is absolutely necessary.  In that case, drivers are encouraged to have a full tank of gas, kitty litter or sand to help improve traction in slippery conditions, and to have an emergency preparedness kit.
 
Emergency preparedness kits should include tools like flashlight, windshield scraper, jumper cables -- even flares.  Drivers should also have water and non-perishable foods such as energy bars and a blanket available.
 
Whether at home or on the road, do your best to keep a full charge on your cell phone, in case of power outage or becoming stranded.