WINTER STORM WARNING: 3:27 AM FEB. 14, 2021 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY... ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT CST MONDAY NIGHT... * WHAT: Dangerous wind chills are expected this morning and moderate snow is expected tonight through Monday. * WIND CHILLS: Wind chill values will drop to near or below zero this morning. Dangerous wind chills below zero will remain likely through at least Monday. * AMOUNTS: Snow is expected later today through much of Monday, with sleet mixed in at times. Snowfall amounts of two to five inches are expected. Localized heavier amounts are also possible. * WHERE: Central and northeast portions of the area. * IMPACTS: Prolonged exposure could cause damage to exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. The cold air will also impact young livestock and pets. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. 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. A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves.
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.