Winter storm warning in effect: be prepared for emergencies
A significant winter storm warning is in effect. Wintry precipitations is expected Sunday February14th afternoon thru Monday night. Cold conditions are already in place and snow and/or ice are expected across the entire Mid-South. Light wintry precipitation is predicted to begin moving in as soon as the early morning hours on Sunday, with heavier precipitation expected to move in during the afternoon hours. Precipitation is expected into Sunday evening. After a brief break, a second round of precipitation, expected to be heavier, will move in on Monday.
Significant ice and sleet accumulations will result in dangerous travel conditions. Downed trees and power lines will also bring problems. A long duration of very cold conditions and dangerous wind chills is expected early next week.
There are now reports of ice on roads and bridges in 19 MS counties. Avoid travel in icy areas, but if you have to drive, please use EXTREME caution.
All highways remain open and passable, but motorists should avoid travel in affected areas, if possible.
Winter storm warning preparation tips:
- Be prepared to shelter-in-place.
- Items for winter storms to add to your disaster kit include additional non-perishable food and water for one or two weeks, extra blankets, coats, gloves, winter hats, and water-resistant boots.
- Keep your cellphone charged.
- Open cabinet doors below sinks and let faucets drip if temperatures remain below freezing for a day or more.
- Make sure elderly family members, friends and neighbors are prepared for the storm, and check on them during and after the storm.
- Wrap vulnerable outdoor faucets, etc.
- Turn off your automatic sprinkler systems.
- Get extra medication, oxygen or other medical supplies if it’s possible you’ll need a refill before the storm’s effects are over.
Emergency supplies for your car: MDOT recommends you keep the following items in your car in case of an emergency.
- Windshield scraper
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
- Cell phone chargers
Pet precautions: No pet should be left outside for long periods in below-freezing weather.
Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, may be more tolerant of cold weather.
Most authorities say that 32°F, small or elderly pets and those with preexisting health conditions should probably stay indoors.