Winter Weather Awareness Day Observed Today (Thurs., Nov. 9th) In Iowa

Thu 11-9-2017

            (Undated)-- Today (Thursday 11/9) is Winter Weather Awareness Day in the state of Iowa. Dickinson County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret says now is the time to get ready for the upcoming season, before the snow really starts to fly...Winter Weather Awareness01 (1) 

            "Now is just the time to get prepared, get those winter survival kits back in the car, scrapers and all that good stuff. Make sure the home is ready to go. I'm sure everyone's furnace has been running by now, it's been plenty chilly. If you haven't already it's a good idea to get those looked at. We just had the time change here last weekend so hopefully everybody remembered to check the batteries in their smoke detectors. Also with furnaces running don't forget the carbon monoxide detectors. If you don't have one, get one, and if you have one, a battery-operated one, check those. We also recommend checking batteries in weather radios, also, along with that time change. Again, just simple preparedness and make sure you're staying on top of the weather forecasts, especially when storms are approaching or in the forecast. You may have to postpone or cancel events or re-schedule some travel or things like that. There's plenty of places to get that information out there, whether it's the internet or this radio station or wherever."

As far as what the upcoming season has in store, Ehret says it's kind of a toss-up...Winter Weather Awareness02 (1) 

"The official, I guess if you want to call it, outlook from the National Weather Service really doesn't have an indication either way, I don't believe, as far as warmer, colder than normal temperatures or more or less snow than normal, so they're really not pointing one direction or another so, you know, it could be we'll just have a typical northwest Iowa winter. We'll have some warm days, we'll have some cold snaps and we'll have some storms coming through, but there's no real indication either way as far as it being warmer, cooler, dryer, wetter."

Ehret reminds motorists to always check the latest road conditions before heading out...Winter Weather Awareness03 (1) 

"The DOT has a great feature, I guess they had it out last year, where the snowplows actually take pictures of the roadways and things like that. You can get a good look as to what the roads are like out and about before you leave, especially if you live in town and you have to drive out in the country, because as everybody knows the road conditions can change a lot from town versus the rural area, so just a great feature they've got up on the 511 website that you can go look at and see for yourself what the roads are like."

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