Winter Storm Warning and Tips

Winter Storm Warning
Statement as of 3:00 PM CST on February 15, 2015

…Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 6 PM this evening
to 6 PM CST Monday…

* snow/sleet/ice accumulations…6 to 10 inches of snow…with
local amounts of up to a foot. Up to a quarter of an inch of
sleet.

* Timing…possible heavy snow accumulations from Sunday evening
through late Monday afternoon.

* Main impacts…travel will become difficult if not impossible
on Monday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of
snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in
an emergency. If you must travel…keep an extra flashlight…
food…and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Sunday -100% Precip. / < 1 in
Cloudy with a wintry mix. Lows overnight in the low 20s.
Sunday Night 100% Precip. / 1-3 in
Light freezing rain this evening will become a mixture of winter precipitation overnight. Low 22F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 100%. Snow and ice accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
Monday 02/16
28 | 13 °F
Monday 90% Precip. / 1-3 in
Snow during the morning will give way to lingering snow showers during the afternoon. High 28F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.
Monday Night 0% Precip. / 0 in
Partly cloudy. Low 13F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Driving conditions may be extremely hazardous or impossible.

Winter weather tips……
*Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.

*Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.

Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas.
Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, and disorientation.
Keep grills and generators out of the house and garage. Position generators at least 20 feet from the house.

*Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages.

Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers.
Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including:
battery-operated devices, such as a flashlight, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and lamps; extra batteries; first-aid kit and extra medicine;
baby items; and cat litter or sand for icy walkways.

*Prepare your car for winter.
Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level; check tire tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires
Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
Keep a winter emergency kit in your car in case you become stranded. Include
blankets; food and water; booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction);
compass and maps; flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries; first-aid kit; and plastic bags (for sanitation).

Learn safety rules to follow in case you become stranded in your car.
Stay with your car unless safety is no more than 100 yards away, but continue to move arms and legs.
Stay visible by putting bright cloth on the antenna, turning on the inside overhead light (when engine is running), and raising the hood when snow stops falling.
Run the engine and heater only 10 minutes every hour.
Keep a downwind window open.
Make sure the tailpipe is not blocked.

Of course the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.

Above all, be prepared to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. Make sure they have the supplies, medication, etc.. needed.

If you have pets, bring them inside. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate, warm shelter food, and unfrozen water for them to drink.