Is it possible? Two times in one winter where accumulations of snow might take place in north Louisiana? According to the National Weather Service this is not only a possibility but highly probable over the next several days. The following Hazardous Weather Outlook was issued on Saturday, February 13th.
“A significant winter storm is expected to begin late Sunday afternoon with sleet, snow, and freezing rain possible. As even
colder air arrives on Monday, a gradual transition to all snow will occur. Snowfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches along with icing on roads can be expected.”
“Yet another round of a potentially significant wintry mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow is expected Wednesday. In addition, extremely cold weather is expected Sunday through Wednesday. The coldest temperatures are expected Monday night and Tuesday morning as overnight lows fall into the teens.”
Falling snow is a beautiful sight to see and having accumulations allows for a rare type of enjoyment but the very cold conditions are also dangerous if not dealt with correctly As this winter system moves through the area, residents are strongly encouraged to follow the safety tips below.
*Stay off roads if possible. If you must travel, give extra time and drive with extreme caution allowing extra distance in between vehicles when stopping. Roadway closures should be expected across the area. For road closure information, motorists can utilize the 511 phone system, 511la.org, or Louisiana 511 smartphone application.
*Stay indoors and dress warmly. If you must go outside make sure not only your torso but extremities are protected. It is also recommended that you dress in layers.
*Prepare for possible power outages. If you have a portable generator make sure ahead of time that it is in good working condition and have plenty of fuel on hand. Never use a generator indoors or even near windows or doors. Carbon monoxide poisoning has been proven to be deadly.
*Do not attempt to heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
*Use extreme caution when utilizing space heaters. Make sure to keep them away from combustible items and monitor closely for the risk of overheating or overturning.
*Be a good neighbor. Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, while maintaining social and physical distancing. Connect often with family and friends by telephone, e-mail, text messages, video chat, and social media.
*Bring pets indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm, making sure the door to the shelter is facing south to avoid the cold north winds from entering the shelter. Also, make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
*Make sure exposed water pipes, water lines and back flow preventers are insulated. This is so your water supply will be less likely to freeze. If not able to wrap outdoor pipes or lines keep a light trickle of water flowing through your lines.
The offices of the Town of Jonesboro and Chatham will be closed to the public on Monday, February 15th in observance of Presidents’ Day. However, law enforcement, emergency personnel and utility personnel will be on call in case of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.