New Year’s winter storm tips and preparation

New Year’s winter storm tips and preparation

The National Weather Service is calling for near-impossible travel conditions at times on Saturday

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – With snow and bitter cold on the way to the New Year, the city of Lincoln is today out treating roads with brine due to freezing temperatures and fog. They are also preparing to be out in the morning plowing and using rock salt on the main routes. The municipality uses private contractors for residential roads.

There are ways in which people at home can also be ready for the winter weather while also calling in the new year. Lincoln Fire and Rescue’s Battalion 1 Commander Mark Meadows gave tips to people to avoid making 9-1-1 calls.

“If you’re traveling, give yourself a little extra time, just so you do not get in a hurry. Roads can be slippery. When it is as cold as it is, it does not take much moisture at all to hit streets or concrete and create ice situations. ”

He also said that if you are planning to go out and have some drinks on New Year’s Eve, make a plan in advance about how to get home. He recommends being in a safe place before celebrating the new year so you do not have to worry about traveling if you have been drinking.

With wind chills expected to be close to minus 20 degrees and approaching minus 30, along with snow drifts and potential white conditions, the National Weather Service says it will sometimes be nearly impossible to travel tomorrow.

And with the bitter cold, it’s important to remember to have plenty of layers on and avoid having bare skin while outside. When the wind cooling is as low as it wants to be, frostbite can occur within as little as 30 minutes.

Along with the cold, some people may use alternative methods to try to keep their homes warm, but the Majors say they should take care of these space heaters and not overload these circuits.

Keep a distance of at least 3-4 feet around them [space heaters] or even more than that depending on the size of the heater. Next to a sofa, it could be as simple as a rug falling off someone’s feet because they’re trying to stay warm, and it’s falling near the heater. Fires start in a variety of ways. Space heaters can cause it. “

He also says you should not use flammable fuels like propane heaters to heat your home and not use your stove to try to heat your home.

If people need a place to go or stay to be out of the cold, there are places in Lincoln to go if needed. The People’s City Mission will be open to anyone in need of heat.

Pastor Tom from the mission says: “People can get frostbite and their health can be a serious problem. With people on the street it’s really important to bring people in and if people see homeless guys or someone to encourage them to come to mission, we do not want to see anyone injured. “

Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach will also be open during the day to hand out warm clothes and other necessities. They say they will not close their doors during their staff meetings so people can stay inside and keep warm.

With snow just around the corner, there is still some time to winterize your vehicle to make sure it is ready for the cold conditions.

When preparing to drive in the winter, it is always important to prepare for the worst. If possible, it is recommended that people buy winter tires to drive in the Midwest, but no matter what tires are on the vehicle, it is important to consistently check the tire pressure and top up if necessary. Many gas stations have air pumps to fill tires.

While at the gas station, it is a good idea to refill the tank. It is recommended to keep the tank at least half full during the winter months. This prevents accumulated water from freezing in the fuel pump. Your engine may also be the only thing that keeps you warm if you are stranded.

It is also important to check the windscreen wipers’ fluid levels, snow and slush will find their way to the windscreen, making fluid and wipers a must to see well while driving.

Have an emergency kit on hand in the vehicle. The set must have winter clothes, a blanket and a first aid kit. Tools are also a great help. It may be a good idea to have a flashlight with batteries and a flashlight. Of course, have a cell phone charged and a charger in the car to make emergency calls.

Jumper cables are another thing to have in the vehicle. In addition, check the battery frequently. The battery struggles more in the winter than in the summer. It may be a good idea to have a voltage test done to ensure that the battery is fully charged for the winter.

As always, when the winter weather hits, Channel 8’s weather forecast will follow the storm as it moves through.

It’s a good idea to download the Channel 8 app on your phone to stay up to date with all the latest developments.

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