JACKSON – A significant weather storm is being predicted for the region this week, and emergency officials are asking everyone to be prepared.
According to the National Weather Service in Jackson, a snowstorm will pass through the region beginning Wednesday with one to three inches of precipitation expected. As the storm moves through, it is expected to turn to freezing rain.
“Snow will transition to freezing rain and freezing drizzle Wednesday evening and continue through Thursday morning.” the report from the NWS states. “This will likely result in a glazing of ice on most surfaces, and could lead to continued hazardous driving conditions through the Thursday morning commute.”
The NWS says that a second, and potentially more severe storm, involving rain, snow, and wintry mix, will move in Thursday evening and continue through Saturday.
On Tuesday, Floyd County Sheriffs Office posted a notice to Facebook advising people make preparations for the incoming weather. “Let’s get prepared. Please take a few minutes to check on your elderly neighbors and family,” stated FCSO officials.
Emergency and highway officials recommend all drivers use extreme caution during such weather conditions, and give plenty of space to salt trucks operating on roads. A vehicle crashed into a salt truck earlier this week in Martin county.
FEMA offers the following recommendations for winter weather:
- Know what to do before, during, and after a winter storm.
- Listen to local officials.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
- Have a carbon monoxide alarm in place, especially if using alternative heating devices.
- Use safe heating devices.
For more information on local weather events, visit the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov.
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