2010-02-23 / Front Page

Winter weather coming

As much as four inches of snow expected

As most of the state hunkers down for an expected winter storm, the Weather Channel and weather.com have issued an alert through tonight for heavy snow, which is expected to begin falling over North Texas before spreading across most of the region during the day today.

There is a potential for heavy snowfall with totals from two to four inches, with the heaviest totals expected up to six inches.

Because significant snow accumulations that may impact travel are expected, weather.com asks residents to be prepared with the following tips.

• Pay attention to local weather reports.

• Develop a family preparedness plan that includes deciding where to go if at home, school, work, outdoors or in a car when a winter storm warning is issued.

• Designate a friend or relative outside your town as a contact in the event family members become separated during a winter storm.

• Agree on a place where family members can meet if separated.

• Assemble a family emergency supplies kit.

• Set up emergency heating equipment such as a fireplace with wood or coal or a camp stove with fuel.

• Keep space heaters at least three feet away fro furnishings, drapes and all flammable objects. Turn them off when leaving a room.

• Insulate pipes with layers of insulation or newspaper wrapped with plastic. Let faucets drip and learn how to shut off water valves.

Weather.com offers the following tips on driving in snow and ice, noting the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if it can be avoided.

• Decrease speed and leave plenty of room to stop. Allow at least three times more space than usual between your car and the car in front of you.

• Allow extra time to reach one’s destination.

• Brake gently to avoid skidding. If wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.

• Keep lights on and windshield clean.

• Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which all will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if conditions are wet, drivers may encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.

• Don’t assume a vehicle can handle all conditions. Even fourwheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

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