… Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 3 PM this afternoon to
6 am EST Sunday…
* hazard types… heavy snow and wind with blowing and drifting
snow Friday afternoon through Saturday night. Sleet may mix
with the snow Friday night into Saturday morning east of
Interstate 95 before changing back to all snow by Saturday
* Accumulations… snow accumulation of more than 2 feet.
* Timing… heavy snow will develop late Friday afternoon and
continue through Saturday night. Conditions are expected to
deteriorate Friday afternoon with the heaviest snow…
strongest winds… and potential life threatening conditions
expected Friday night through Saturday.
* Impacts… heavy snow and blowing snow will cause dangerous
conditions and will be a threat to life and property. Travel
is expected to be severely limited if not impossible during
the height of the storm Friday night and Saturday. Visibility
will be reduced to near zero at times in whiteout conditions.
* Winds… north 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
* Temperatures… in the mid 20s.
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions… making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel… have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded… stay with your vehicle. Prepare for the possibility of
power outages during snowy and cold conditions.
Here we go folks. We have a single event due to hit the East Coast of America in just a few hours and as always my question is… Are you ready?
From recent news updates stores are already running out of food on the shelves and gas stations are running out of fuel. A predicted 30″ on snow in some area’s can devastate an area with power outages and downed tree’s. Many people will be hunkering down.
I have lived through storms like this and have learned that it can take up to a week before damages can be restored. Being prepared for an event like this means that you have just a few important things to see you through.
Some things are obvious like water, food and a full tank of gas in your vehicle, but what about the other things like an emergency radio, an alternate heat source and a generator. With loss of power also comes loss of light. Do you have flashlights in place with enough batteries for the next week? No TV, no internet, no cell phones means that you will have plenty of time for other activities. Even one single deck of playing cards will help you through and of course some books to read. You have food but do you have a way to keep things cold or a way to cook them should your stove not work?
One the things I learned about times like these is “Cash is King”. With a grid down situation it also means that your ATM card is pretty much a piece of toast. Do you have enough cash on hand to make what ever purchases you may need to make as roads start clearing up?
We may not all be living on a homestead with all of the tools necessary to see us through a storm like this, but there are some items that are a must. How about a snow shovel and outdoors broom? A snow thrower would be better but most people don’t think about purchasing one until they understand the threat of an upcoming storm and by that time they are usually sold out.
Are you in good health and practice trying to stay in shape? This is very important as you cannot help yourself or anyone else if you are not in physical shape to start shoveling snow. And I warn against it as shoveling snow, especially high volume snow is extremely hard work. I remember a storm that dropped 22″ of snow on us and it took 4 hours of continuous shoveling just to get the driveway cleared out.
People really do not like to think about things like this but the truth of the matter is that is a huge difference between those who do and those who don’t. Being prepared means everything when nature decides to throw us a curveball every now and then. Even if you don’t live in this region where snow storms can reap having on your community there are other natural events that can. Are you ready?