If you live on the east coast and have looked at new stories within the past 24-48 hours, you know that states up and down the coast are getting ready for the impact of Winter Storm Jonas starting on Thursday night.
The hardest hit areas are expected to be the Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York City regions, with the National Weather Service anticipating blizzard conditions for area. Heavy snow is expected to cover fifteen states.
States such as North Carolina, which are not used to snowy conditions, are expected to receive about 1-4 inches of accumulation. The National Weather Service has placed a winter storm warning in effect from Thursday night until Saturday at 6 PM. NC Governor Pat McCrory has issued a State of Emergency, as has Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe.
Amongst the seemingly yearly panic that engulfs storm-stricken states, it’s important to review simple steps to take in be prepared for a winter storm.
1. Don’t Panic
While the media tends to enjoy instilling fear into residents at-risk of getting caught up in a storm, it’s important to not let the hysteria get to you. If you’ve been living on the East coast for a sometime, then there’s a chance this isn’t the first time you’ve been faced with this type of weather.
Residents in big cities such as Baltimore and Washington D.C. certainly have reason to be a bit concerned, but conditions expected for North Carolina and Virginia aren’t slated to be destructive. By Sunday morning, everything will have passed, and temperatures are in fact expected to rise again by next week.
2. Avoid Unnecessary Travel
This tip applies to some drivers more than others.
The fact is, if you’re not used to driving in snowy and icy conditions, then you’ll want to avoid unnecessary travel if the conditions appear risky. If you’re an experienced driver living in southern states, you’ll want to be cautious of drivers who may not have the skill you do.
3. Have an extendable roof scraper and bag of salt ready
If you’re going to run and purchase anything before the storm, make it something that you’ll most likely need to battle the conditions at their possible extreme. With Winter Storm Jonas – and again, depending on where you live – you may or may not really need to go stock up on food. But one thing you’ll really want is a bag of salt and a roof scraper.
With icy conditions anticipated for a better part of the at-risk area, being able to lay down salt in front of your steps and around your house is worth taking the time to do so. This will mean a safer outdoor area for you and your family.
If your area is in for a lot of snow, and you don’t already have a roof scraper, it’s definitely worth the trip to make a purchase. These scrapers can run up between $50-60 bucks, but they essentially last a lifetime.
If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with Winter Storm Jonas, take a look at Google’s Public Alert system for your area.