While icy and snowy roads may keep the general public confined to their homes, emergency personnel have a duty to respond no matter what the weather unleashes.
Sergeant Ryan Hendrick of the Ferguson Township Police Department in State College, Pa., said weather can be one of police's "greatest villains."
Dangerous road conditions combined with increased need for police involvement in accidents requires additional effort and diligence from police officers and other emergency responders.
Hendrick stressed the need for reduced travel when conditions have deteriorated.
"[Fewer drivers] would greatly reduce the calls for service on agencies, but these requests are unheeded year after year," he said.
Police officers are also not immune to the dangers of travel.
"Most [police] cruisers are rear wheel drive vehicles that are much less effective in the snow than other vehicles. This slows officer's response time to emergency calls and puts the officers at a higher risk of being in a crash themselves," Hendrick said.
A car is stuck on a mound of snow and ice as a police car waits for a tow truck Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Totowa, N.J. Forecasters are calling for cold temperatures with the possibility of more snow through Monday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Dangerous winter conditions also increase the demand for the Red Cross' essential services after snow and ice storms.
On Feb. 13, 2014, the Red Cross provided shelter for 700 people across eight states in shelters and warming centers due to the major ice storm that resulted in thousands losing power.
The Red Cross adheres to local official's travel advisories to reduce the strain on emergency services and for the safety of their staff. However, the need for alternate plans during especially severe weather is pertinent for their operations.
"There are times, for example during major events like a snowstorm or a hurricane, when we may even have staff stay at a shelter overnight because we don't want them out in the elements," Anne Marie Borrego, director of media relations for the American Red Cross, said.
When winter storms create dangerous conditions, it is imperative to follow all local officials' warnings on travel and to exercise caution with heating devices in your home to decrease the strain on emergency personnel.
Due to the use of space heaters and candles, Borrego said, "We do see a major spike in home fires in the winter."
An increase in home fires also intensifies the pressure on emergency personnel, requiring both the police and fire departments to respond immediately.
In order to respond efficiently to winter's unique and varying dangers, special precautions must be taken.
"In all four seasons, we are putting plans into place to respond to major weather events. So we're ready to go if and when something happens," Borrego said.
More clouds and cooler weather can be expected across the Bay Area through the holiday weekend and into the new week.
Cloudy skies and cooler weather will linger across the Los Angeles area through the holiday weekend and early in the new week.
It might feel more like late October rather than late May in the Northeast on Friday night as temperatures dip well below normal.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and summer warmth will dominate the Northeast next week, but that does not mean an end to shots of cooler air.
Showers and thunderstorms threaten to interfere with Memorial Day festivities across roughly two-thirds of the United States.
Another round of downpours and thunderstorms will bring a renewed threat for flooding from Kansas to Texas over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Over $150,000 damage in Monroe and Pike counties from a thunderstorm downburst (originally thought to be tornadoes).
More rain in an already wet month. Monthly totals topped 11 inches at New York City, 9 inches at Bridgeport, CT and 8 inches at Baltimore (all three records for May).
International Falls, MN (1992)
Late season snow flurries.