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First snow expected today

Forecasts predict 6 to 10 inches

November 13, 2010
By David Swartz - Managing Editor

If the world outside your window has turned white by the time you read this, it's obvious that we've had the first snowstorm of the year.

The National Weather Service warned Friday night that a strong early season winter storm system would move into the area, starting with rain and changing to snow after midnight.

The forecast predicted an area of Northwest Iowa could be impacted with 6 to 10 inches of snow with isolated higher amounts.

"Surrounding locations will receive 2 to 5 inches of snowfall.

Winds were expected to increase Saturday morning causing blowing and drifting snow and reducing visibility to under a mile.

Iowans know how to prepare, but here are a few reminders for safe winter driving.

n Travel during the day and don't travel alone. Remember to share your schedule with family, friends and co-workers.

n Stay on the main roads.

If occupants become trapped in a vehicle during a blizzard, take this advice from Emmet County Emergency Management Director Terry Reekers.

n Pull off the highway and turn the hazard lights on. Hang a brightly colored distress flag from a radio antenna or window.

n Avoid the urge to leave the vehicles. Rescuers are most likely to find you if you remain inside.

n Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building near by where you know you can take shelter. Remember distances are distorted by blowing snow. A building may seem close, but be too far to walk to in deep snow.

n Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will offer protection from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

n Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion.

n One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.

n Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.

n Do not waste battery power.

n Turn on inside light at night so rescuers can see you.

So if the world hasn't turned into a 'winter wonderland' today, give thanks that fall is lasting a little longer.

 
 
 

 

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