Hazardous Weather Outlook for portions of Eastern Arkansas
National Weather Service Memphis TN
337 AM CST Thu Dec 28 2017

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337 AM CST Thu Dec 28 2017

This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of East Arkansas…
the Missouri Bootheel…North Mississippi…and West Tennessee.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

The probability of widespread hazardous weather is low.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Friday through Wednesday

There is potential for light wintry precipitation, mainly in the
form of snow, across the Midsouth from late Saturday night through
Sunday evening.

Very cold temperatures are expected again this weekend and early
next week. Morning wind chills will likely dip into the single
digits or below.

As temperatures drop this winter, its impotant to take precautions to stay safe during the cold weather.

When the wind chill is significant, get out of the wind and limit the time you spend outside.

Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
Some people are more susceptible to the cold, particularly children, the elderly and those with circulation problems.
Check on elderly relatives and neighbours to ensure they are warm enough and have sufficient supplies, particularly when the weather is cold or snowy. They might not feel comfortable going outside to shop and may require food, medications and other supplies.
The use of alcohol, tobacco and certain medications will increase your susceptibility to cold.

Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze.  If you have animals that can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water. Outdoor pets will require more calories in the winter to generate enough body heat and energy to keep them warm

Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.