A Winter Storm Watch has been issued

The latest forecast models are showing precipitation spreading across the central plains from west to east starting Wednesday.  Although it is too early to predict exact amounts, significant winter precipitation is possible for eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, especially from Wednesday Night through Thursday and into Thursday Night.

The system of concern will be moving into the western United States Monday and Tuesday.  In the upcoming days, the details of how this will impact our area will become more clear.  Our latest thinking can be found by clicking on the Winter Storm Watch link below.

Winter Storm Watch

Make preparations before the storm arrives...

At home and at work...

Have available:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information. These may be your only links to the outside.
  • Extra food and water. High energy food, such as dried fruit or candy, and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best.
  • Extra medicine and baby items.
  • First-aid supplies.
  • Heating fuel. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a severe winter storm.
  • Emergency heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc.
    • Learn to use properly to prevent a fire.
    • Have proper ventilation.
  • Fire extinguisher and smoke detector.
    • Test units regularly to ensure they are working properly.


Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm!

  • Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins.
  • Carry a WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT:
    • blankets/sleeping bags;
    • flashlight with extra batteries;
    • first-aid kit;
    • knife;
    • high-calorie, non-perishable food;
    • extra clothing to keep dry;
    • a large empty can and plastic cover with tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes;
    • a smaller can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking water;
    • sack of sand (or cat litter);
    • shovel;
    • windshield scraper and brush;
    • tool kit;
    • tow rope;
    • booster cables;
    • water container;
    • compass and road maps.
  • Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Try not to travel alone.
  • Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.

On the farm...

  • Move animals to sheltered areas. Shelter belts, properly laid out and oriented, are better protection for cattle than confining shelters, such as sheds.
  • Have a water supply available. Most animal deaths in winter storms are from dehydration.

 

To learn more about Winter Storms and their impacts in general, check out the Winter Weather Brochure link below.

Winter Weather Brochure

 



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