Residents Make Preparations for First Winter Storm for Our Area
LAWRENCE COUNTY - (February 2, 2022) - Lawrence County residents have made preparations for the first winter storm of this winter season.
Lawrence County has been able to escape most of the winter weather most of the season, but this time we may not go unscathed the latest round.
Winter Storm Warning in effect for Lawrence County until Friday
Latest Weather Forecast
This Afternoon Rain. High near 46. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Tonight Rain, freezing rain, and sleet before 3am, then sleet, possibly mixed with freezing rain. Low around 25. North wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Thursday Snow and sleet, possibly mixed with freezing rain before 3pm, then snow between 3pm and 4pm, then snow, possibly mixed with sleet after 4pm. The sleet could be heavy at times. Patchy blowing snow after 9am. High near 29. North northeast wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Thursday Night Snow, mainly before 10pm. Low around 17. North northeast wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 28. North wind around 6 mph. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 2. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 32. Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 12.
Residents ready for Winter Storm
Since Monday residents began making preparations for the incoming weather making the usual purchases of bread, milk and eggs. Residents more concerned about the ice that may have cut off power.
Forecast for our area may be more sleet than ice, but areas south of Lawrence County is under an Ice Warning.
Emergency officials reminds residents to stay home if all possible whenever the storm begins.
Drivers reminded to follow winter driving tips:
Check your brakes
Replace wiper blades
Check your battery
Refill washer fluid
Before you leave, check the forecast and let someone know your route of travel
Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent gas line freezing
Tires: chains provide the most traction followed by studded tires (legal October 1st through May 1st) and regular snow tires
Carry a winter survival kit which should include: blankets, flashlight and extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or a bag of cat litter), shovel, candle and matches, non-perishable high calorie foods (nuts, raisins, and candy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.
If you should become stranded:
Don’t leave your car - it’s the best protection you have!
Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna.
Roll down a window a small amount.
Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Leave the dome light on at night to aid search parties.
Don’t panic - an idling car uses only one gallon of gas per hour.
Drive According to . . . Road Conditions
Allow extra time to get where you’re going
Clear all windows of ice and snow
Remove snow from hood, roof and lights
Slow steady starts prevent needless spinning of the wheels
Pavement is twice as slippery at 32° as it is at 0°
Beware of bridges, underpasses, overpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt
Slow down - it increases traction
Avoid abrupt stops and starts – slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid getting stuck
Use low beam headlights to decrease glare from ice
Wet pavement can cause hydroplaning at speeds as low as 35 mph - wheels may lose contact with the pavement causing a skid or spin
Wear your safety belt at all times
Don’t tailgate -- always leave a safety cushion of at least two car lengths per 10 mph you’re traveling
When braking on ice apply gentle but firm pressure without locking brakes
Watch for pedestrians - poor visibility and slippery conditions provide hazardous walkways and crossings
Anticipate others’ actions
To regain control during a skid, release brakes and gently steer the car in the direction of skid
Please Remember . . .
Adding weight to the back of your vehicle may alter its handling capabilities.
Don’t decrease tire pressure to increase traction. The only thing this increases is wear on the tires!
Other Safety tips to keep in mind:
Furnace and gas water heater exhaust can easily become blocked by snow, which can cause deadly carbon monoxide to back flow in the home. Keep snow cleared at least 20 inches away from exhaust pipes.
Make sure you check on your elderly neighbors, especially when power goes out for any reason.
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Highway crews ready for winter storm:
Bedford, Indiana Department of Transportation, Lawrence County, Mitchell, and Oolitic have crews ready to treat roadways when conditions warrant. Pre-treating the roadways was impossible with rain conditions that started Wednesday morning.
Bedford Street Department is ready for the latest Winter Storm
Lawrence County Zephyr will provide updates and information throughout the weekend.