Preparing for Snowfall

Published 02/14 2016 12:51PM

Updated 02/14 2016 12:51PM

The next weather system that is on the way to the Tri-State is a very complex system because it will be getting together as it works it way over the Tri-State.

The system we had earlier this week was all snow, but this next one is going to involve rain, freezing rain, and snow with the heavy snow track beginning right here at home.

Not only is the system complex, but also intense. As it arrives in the area, there will be some strong winds. During the day on Friday, we could see sustained winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour, which would result in blowing snow and white out conditions.

Ice accumulations should remain in far southern western Kentucky as the freezing rain and sleet will transition to all snow.

Weather models are still having a hard time grasping how far north or south this system is going to move as it comes over the Tri-State. Also, this system has a very fine cut off line to where the snow is going to end, making forecasting a challenge.

One model that has consistent not brought significant snow to Evansville is the European model. While it does bring snow into the Evansville metro, it is not bringing anything more than what we seen earlier this week.

One item that has remained constant with the models is keeping any heavy amounts of snow and ice south of the Ohio river in Kentucky.

So now that the next measurable snow event is on the way to the Tri-State, what do you need to know?
First off, are you prepared? Make a list of essential food items. For many, that's a stop at the grocery store for bread and milk in case you can't get on the roads for a few days.

And essentials don't just include food. Think of supplies, such as if you have a baby that will need diapers.
When it comes to the roads, Jason Tiller from INDOT says it's best to stay home. However, if you do go out, he says "don't crowd the plow." Give the driver plenty of room because you never know what will happen in icy conditions.

Also, having your car inspected can keep you safe on the roads. Kentucky State Police say tire failures, balding tires, and defective brakes were the top vehicle-related factors in winter crashes last year, contributing to more than 2,000 crashes.

Also for your car, have a winter weather kit that includes snacks, blankets, gloves, water, and hats in case it takes awhile for emergency crews to get to you should you have a wreck.

If you stay home, you'll want to stay warm. Bryce Brackett from Brackett Heating and Air says to have your furnace inspected by a licensed professional ensuring you stay toasty during the cold days and nights.

Some may opt for using a floor heater, but be careful. Never leave one unattended and before using, read the safety manual.

With winter weather comes the chance of power outages.

Just as you want to stay warm, so do your furry friends, so make sure they're indoors to keep warm. If they do go out, change their water often as it could freeze. 

Freezing temperatures can also mean freezing water pipes. Joe Bayer from Bayer Plumbing advises to leave cabinet doors open with water dripping from your faucet.

Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest forecast. Your Weather Authority will continue to work to keep you and your family safe, protected and informed.

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