The Examiner 30 Dec, 2020 00:00 am

winter weather preparedness

winter weather preparedness
Have a kit, have a plan, and keep an eye on the weather.

Although destructive thunderstorms can develop relatively quickly, forecasters usually can give the public a heads up a few days before a big winter storm.The National Weather Service posts a variety of messages about that: • A winter storm advisory means be aware, just as authorities often remind the public to keep an eye on the weather generally and to have more than one way of getting that information.Specifically, a winter storm watch – which the metro area was under at mid-day Tuesday – means snow, sleet or freezing rain with significant impacts are possible.A winter storm warning – like the one parts of northern Missouri, most of Iowa and parts of other states were under Tuesday – means forecasters have high confidence that snow, sleet or freezing rain will make a significant impact.

The Weather Service also suggests this is a good time to make sure you have a few things on hand at home to help ride out winter weather, when you might lose power or heat or when getting out isn’t a good idea.• The Weather Service has information about readiness for all types of severe weather at weather.

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