Ice Storm Alert: Prepare for Impending Hazardous Weather Conditions
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A prolonged snowstorm that has affected parts of the Southern Plains and mid-South is likely to be in place until Wednesday, and bring the risk of power failures as well as tree damage and hazardous roads to various states.
The big picture: About 3.3 million Americans were under an ice storm warning on Tuesday morning, with 16.5 million under a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service. Many more were under other types of winter weather alerts, such as wind chill advisories.
Status of the game: “A glancing blow of Arctic air coupled with a swell of moisture is setting the scene for an extremely large and risky ice storm,” the National Weather Service issued a warning in an update on its website.
- “The most likely route of icing, accompanied by a mix of sleet could be seen from west-central Texas up to Tennessee as well as the Lower Ohio Valleys. The ice accumulation from Texas to Mid South may approach a half-inch or more by Wednesday, which could cause travel and power issues as well as power outages.”
Winter storms and ice freeze U.S.
the winter season in the U.S. often brings severe weather conditions such as winter storms and ice freezes which can result in power outages, road closures, and travel disruptions. It is important to prepare and stay informed during these events to ensure safety.
Few important points to keep in mind during winter storms and ice freezes:
- Stay updated on weather forecasts and warnings.
- Prepare emergency supplies such as food, water, medications, and warm clothing.
- Keep your home properly insulated and maintain heating systems.
- If you must travel, make sure your vehicle is equipped with winter tires, emergency supplies, and a charged phone.
- Avoid driving if conditions are hazardous.
- If you lose power, use alternative heating sources safely.
- If you come across a frozen pipe, take action to thaw it before it bursts.
- Take care of yourself and others, especially the elderly and those with medical conditions.
- Avoid exposing yourself to harsh weather conditions for extended periods of time.
Winter storm and ice storm warnings were in effect across several states, from Texas to Arkansas to Kentucky, according to the National Weather Service.
Ice Storm Alert
Important information to keep in mind during winter storms and ice freezes:
- Know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
- Be prepared for power outages, and have backup sources of heat, light and communication.
- Make sure your vehicle is winter-ready, including tires, brakes, windshield wipers, and battery.
- Stock up on non-perishable food and water.
- Keep a winter storm kit ready, including blankets, warm clothing, and a first-aid kit.
- Have a plan for caring for pets and livestock.
- Know how to properly use a generator and other alternative heating sources.
- Keep sidewalks, steps, and driveways clear of snow and ice.
- Learn how to shut off your water main in case of a broken pipe.
- Stay informed by listening to local news and weather reports, and follow the advice of emergency personnel.
Flight delays and cancellations
By 9 p.m. on Monday, more than 5,100 flights
into, within or out of the United States were delayed, with around 1,100 flights canceled, according to data from FlightAware.
- Most of the flights were from Southwest Airlines and were out of Dallas-Fort Worth International and Dallas Love Field airports.
- Southwest Airlines said travelers with flights to, from and through some cities in Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma can rebook flights without additional charges. This applies to flights from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.
- American Airlines also issued a waiver for DFW airport that applies to flights from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2.
Ice Storm Alert
An ice storm alert is a warning issued by weather authorities in anticipation of a winter storm event characterized by heavy accumulations of ice on surfaces such as roads, trees, and power lines. The following is a summary of what you need to know during an ice storm alert:
- Stay informed: Monitor local news and weather reports, and follow the advice of emergency personnel.
- Prepare your home: Insulate windows, pipes and make sure your heating system is working properly. Stock up on non-perishable food, water and other supplies.
- Take precautions while traveling: Avoid driving if conditions are hazardous, and make sure your vehicle is equipped with winter tires and emergency supplies.
- Protect yourself and others: Wear warm clothing, take care of the elderly and those with medical conditions, and avoid exposing yourself to harsh weather conditions for extended periods of time.
- Safety tips during a power outage: Use alternative heating sources safely, and avoid using charcoal grills or camping stoves indoors. Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep food from spoiling.
- Take care of pets and livestock: Make sure they have access to food and water, and bring them indoors if possible.
- Be aware of potential dangers: Be mindful of slippery surfaces and be careful when walking on sidewalks and driveways that have become icy. Keep an eye out for falling branches or power lines.
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