Winter Storm Advice
Here is the national weather service forecast for Arlington. If you click on Forcast Discussion on the lower right side you will get a good look at the variables in the forecast, and why a storm may or may not disrupt the region.
You can sign up for the County's free Emergency Alert service. It will send a text message to your cell phone, pager or email if an emergency occurs in Arlington. The cell phone has to have the text messaging feature, but any pager or email will work. Details are on this County Web page. This service worked very well to deliver info during Hurricane Isabel. Users report that the system has no bad habits and produces useful info when you want it.
Do you have a winter storm plan ?
- Have extra blankets on hand,
- Ensure that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, and water-resistant boots.
- Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing--
First aid kit and essential medications.
Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
Canned food and can opener.
Bottled water (at least one gallon of water per person per day to last at least 3 days).
Extra warm clothing, including boots, mittens, and a hat.
Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit for your car, too.
Have your car winterized before winter storm season.
Know What Winter Storm WATCHES and WARNINGS Mean
A winter storm WATCH means a winter storm is possible in your area. A winter storm WARNING means a winter storm is headed for your area. A blizzard WARNING means strong winds, blinding wind-driven snow, and dangerous wind chill are expected. Seek shelter immediately!
When a Winter Storm WATCH is Issued...
Check the ">forecast on the Web.
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, and TV stations, or cable TV such as The Weather Channel for further updates.
Be alert to changing weather conditions.
Avoid unnecessary travel.
When a Winter Storm WARNING is Issued...
Stay indoors during the storm.
If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin.
As the wind increases, heat is carried away from a person's body at an accelerated rated, driving down the body temperature.
Walk carefully on snowy, icy, sidewalks.
After the storm, if you shovel snow, be extremely careful. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks. Avoid overexertion.
Avoid traveling by car in a storm, but if you must...
- Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk.
- Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
If You Do Get Stuck...
- Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety.
- Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
- Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.
- Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.
- As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
- Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.
Together, we can save a life!
Please pass on this important information.
We are indebted to Barbee Barber for the info on this page.
This page was last revised on: December 27, 2003.