North and parts of the center of Alabama are being overseen by a winter storm, as snow is expected to pull into the state from Monday to Tuesday.
Every snow is brutally cold. It is expected that Wednesday morning temperatures throughout the state will be between the top 20 and 20 years. Temperatures will be above freezing late Wednesday morning or early afternoon, but there may be pockets where they remain below freezing all day in northern Alabama, according to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.
You can see the specific prognosis here.
Snow and freezing temperatures can raise health and safety concerns. Here are some tips to prepare for the EMA:
- Prepare your home to keep the cold out with insulation, caulking and pickling. Learn how to prevent the freezing of pipes. Install and test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
- Fill your car with gasoline before the start of the cold.
- Note the weather forecasts and warnings of frost and winter storms. Sign up for the warning system of your community. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA also provide emergency alerts. Battery-powered devices are best suited in the event that the power fails.
- Experts do not predict snow fun, but it's always a good idea to collect supplies if you need to stay home for days without electricity. Heed the specific needs of each person, including medications. Do not forget the needs of pets. Obtain additional batteries for two-way radios and flashlights.
- Avoid traveling, if at all possible.
- Create an emergency equipment kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothing, blankets, water bottles and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
- Learn about the signs and basic treatments for frostbite and hypothermia. You can see these here.
- Check the neighbors and make sure that pets have a safe, secure location.
- If you need to go outside during the cold, focus your time and limit it. Dress in layers and cover hands and face.
- Use fireplaces, wood stoves or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not allow flue gas to enter the interior. Use only the fuel for which your heater was designed ̵
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