Winter Storm Watch
Statement as of 12:16 EST le 06 décembre 2013
... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late Saturday night
through late Sunday night...
* locations... all of southwestern Virginia including Roanoke...
Lynchburg and Danville. Southeast West Virginia... including
Lewisburg and Bluefield. Northwest North Carolina... including
the surrounding areas of Boone... Mount Airy and Reidsville.
* Hazard types... freezing rain. Some snow or sleet likely at the
* Accumulations... snow or sleet accumulation of up to 1 inch.
Upwards of 3 inches of snow in the Virginia and West Virginia
Highlands north of Roanoke. A quarter of an inch of ice
accumulation is expected areawide... with up to a half inch of
ice accumulating along the Blue Ridge.
* Timing... after midnight Saturday night in the North Carolina
high country... spreading north into Virginia and West Virginia
by daybreak Sunday. The precipitation will then continue
through Sunday and Sunday night.
* Impacts... ice will likely accumulate on trees and powerlines
causing power outages. Roads may also become slick and
hazardous... especially north of Roanoke where temperatures
will be colder and more snow and sleet will occur.
* Winds... east 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
* Temperatures... in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow... sleet... or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 7:00 am EST on December 6, 2013
Governor bob mcdonnell has declared the week December 1 to 7, 2013
as winter preparedness week in Virginia. The National Weather Service
in Blacksburg Virginia... in cooperation with the Virginia
department of emergency management... will send public information
statements over the NOAA weather wire service each day through
Saturday December 7th.
These statements will focus on different aspects of winter weather
and preparedness actions the public should take for the upcoming
Today's topic - winter preparedness at home
We think of our homes as the place we want to be when the weather
is nasty outside. However... if certain precautions are not taken
either before or during winter's wrath... life at home can be just as
miserable as the weather outside.
Severe winter storms can produce conditions which isolate you in
your home... sometimes for long periods. Prolonged loss of power
and telephone can severely limit the adequate heating of the home
or curtail your ability to call for help.
In severe winter storms... obtaining supplies of food and other
necessities can be hampered or prevented by poor Road conditions.
The following are some helpful hints to make the home a safe Haven
during severe winter weather:
Stock an emergency supply of food and water prior to the onset
of a winter storm. Include foods which require no cooking such as
canned meats... Peanut butter and other non perishables. A three to
five day supply is generally sufficient.
Keep an adequate supply of heating fuel... including firewood...
in your home. Use your fuel... especially secondary sources...
sparingly as supplies may be in short order during significant
Keep on hand a flashlight... battery powered radio... extra
batteries and a first aid kit.
Use emergency heating equipment carefully. A wood burning
stove... fireplace or space heater may be your only single room heat
source should you lose your primary heating source.
Always safely operate portable electric generators outdoors
in a well ventilated location. Read the generator operations manual
thoroughly before using the generator.
Prevent water pipes from freezing by wrapping them in
insulation or newspaper covered with plastic. In severely cold
weather... let each faucet drip slightly to avoid freezing. Know how
to shut off your home's water supply.
If your pipes freeze... remove the insulation and wrap them with
rags. Open every faucet completely and pour hot water over the
Know the emergency escape routes from your home should a
fire start. Your life may depend on it!
Do not Cook (or heat your home) using a charcoal grill... gas grill
or Camp stove inside your house! Deadly Carbon monoxide fumes may
drift into your home even if you use a charcoal grill inside the
fireplace. In addition... using any of these inside greatly increases
the fire risk. Always use your charcoal grill... gas grill... or Camp
Additional information on winter weather preparedness can be
obtained on-line through the Virginia department of emergency
management home Page at:
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