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The Snow is Coming!

31 December 2014  
It's going to snow. They're sure of it.

With the imminent winter storm just around the corner, it's a good idea to make sure you've got enough supplies in case you're socked in for a couple of days. Remember, in our rural areas, it is not unusual to experience electrical outages during storms, so you'll want to be ready for that, too. 

 

28 Items You'll Want To Have Ready

 

Prescriptions 

Eye glasses

Extra water for people and pets

Flashlights and batteries

Candles and matches or lighter

Cell phones, laptops, tablets fully charged (extra chargers, too, if you have them.)

Car gassed up

Plenty of food, including food that doesn't need to be cooked

Can opener

Warm clothing, including socks and boots, in a handy place (Don't want to have to dig in a pitch-black closet if the power goes out.)

List of emergency numbers, including doctor information

List of family numbers

Snow shovel

Firewood close by

Mittens, gloves, scarves

Baby diapers, wipes, formula

Personal hygiene items

Paper plates, cups, bowls, plastic utensils, paper towels (Who needs to do dishes at a time like this?)

Paper and pencil

Pet food

Some cash

Fire extinguisher

Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

First aid kit (with a whistle)

Simple tools for turning off utilities

Sleds and other snow toys

Board games, decks of cards

Ingredients for snow ice cream (recipe below)

 

 

In the event of a power outage, you'll want to take these steps:

  • Unplug electronic devices such as computers, TVs
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible
  • Unplug your Christmas lights
  • Try not to open doors
  • Open any cabinet doors that reveal pipes to help keep them from freezing (under sinks, etc.)

 

Here's a list from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 

How to Make Snow Ice Cream

 

Ingredients

Clean bowl of snow 

Vanilla

Sugar

Milk

To a clean bowl of snow, add a little vanilla and sugar to taste. Stir in a little milk, until the consistency is that of slightly gritty ice cream. 

Eat!

 


 

City of Prescott Information 

 

 

PRESCOTT, AZ (December 30, 2014) – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect from December 31 at 4:00 a.m. until January 1 at 5:00 p.m.  Due to the significant amount of snow and strong winds expected, visibility will at times be limited and driving conditions hazardous. Citizens are reminded to obtain necessary supplies and medications prior to the arrival of the storm, and to avoid trips in adverse conditions.

The City of Prescott Streets Division is prepared to provide storm response. All plows are ready, and will be spreading a mixture of cinders and a de-icing agent.  

"During a significant snow event, we ask for the public's cooperation," says Craig McConnell, City Manager. "Crews initially focus on clearing main streets first, then move to the collectors feeding them, followed by the neighborhood streets. Citizens can help by clearing the sidewalks and walkways adjacent to their residences or businesses, per City Code."

During winter storms, motorists should avoid, where possible, parking in the public streets.  Parking is allowed when streets have been completely plowed. 

 


 

Official Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service

National Weather Service

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLAGSTAFF AZ
327 PM MST TUE DEC 30 2014

AZZ008-009-015-016-018-037-038-310800-
/O.CON.KFGZ.WS.W.0001.141231T1100Z-150102T0000Z/
YAVAPAI COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
NORTHEAST PLATEAUS AND MESAS HWY 264 NORTHWARD-
WESTERN MOGOLLON RIM-EASTERN MOGOLLON RIM-NORTHERN GILA COUNTY-
YAVAPAI COUNTY VALLEYS AND BASINS-OAK CREEK AND SYCAMORE CANYONS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PRESCOTT...FLAGSTAFF...PAYSON...
COTTONWOOD...CAMP VERDE...SEDONA
327 PM MST TUE DEC 30 2014
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM WEDNESDAY TO
5 PM MST THURSDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET ELEVATION...
* TIMING...WIDESPREAD SNOW WILL INCREASE FROM WEST TO EAST EARLY  WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED TO FALL  WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING...TAPERING OFF TO  SHOWERS ON THURSDAY.

* GENERAL EVENT TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 15 INCHES ARE  EXPECTED AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET IN THE WARNED AREA...  WITH 2-6 INCHES BELOW 5000 FEET.
* SNOWFALL FORECAST FROM 4 AM MST WEDNESDAY UNTIL 5 PM MST  THURSDAY...
CAMP VERDE  1 TO 2  INCHES    
CHINO VALLEY 4 TO 8 INCHES
CONGRESS 1 TO 2 INCHES
COTTONWOOD 1 TO 3 INCHES
DONEY PARK 8 TO 12 INCHES
FLAGSTAFF 9 TO 13 INCHES
FOREST LAKES 13 TO 19 INCHES
HEBER-OVERGAARD 6 TO 10 INCHES
KYKOTSMOVI 4 TO 8 INCHES
PAULDEN 4 TO 8 INCHES
PAYSON 5 TO 9 INCHES
PINE-STRAWBERRY 8 TO 12 INCHES PRESCOTT VALLEY 4 TO 8 INCHES
PRESCOTT 6 TO 10 INCHES
SEDONA 4 TO 6 INCHES
SELIGMAN 7 TO 11 INCHES
WILLIAMS 10 TO 16 INCHES
* OTHER IMPACTS...THIS IS A COLD SYSTEM...AND SNOW WILL FALL TO THE VALLEY FLOORS BY WEDNESDAY EVENING. BE PREPARED FOR HAZARDOUS WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS ON ALL ROADS IN NORTHERN ARIZONA DURING THIS EVENT.
 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING...DUE TO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND
STRONG WINDS PRODUCING LIMITED VISIBILITIES.
DRIVING WILL BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS DURING THIS STORM. FOR THE
LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS AND CLOSURES...CALL THE ADOT FREEWAY
MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AT 1 888 411 7623 OR VISIT THEIR WEB SITE ATWWW.AZ511.COM.
ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION IS ON THE WEB ATWWW.WEATHER.GOV/FLAGSTAFF.


Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLAGSTAFF AZ
343 PM MST TUE DEC 30 2014
AZZ004>018-037>040-311100-
KAIBAB PLATEAU-MARBLE AND GLEN CANYONS-GRAND CANYON COUNTRY-
COCONINO PLATEAU-YAVAPAI COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
NORTHEAST PLATEAUS AND MESAS HWY 264 NORTHWARD-CHINLE VALLEY-
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS AND DEFIANCE PLATEAU-
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY IN COCONINO COUNTY-
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY IN NAVAJO COUNTY-
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY IN APACHE COUNTY-
WESTERN MOGOLLON RIM-EASTERN MOGOLLON RIM-WHITE MOUNTAINS-
NORTHERN GILA COUNTY-YAVAPAI COUNTY VALLEYS AND BASINS-
OAK CREEK AND SYCAMORE CANYONS-BLACK MESA AREA-
NORTHEAST PLATEAUS AND MESAS SOUTH OF HWY 264-
343 PM MST TUE DEC 30 2014
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR APACHE...COCONINO...
NORTHERN GILA...NAVAJO...AND YAVAPAI COUNTIES IN NORTHERN
ARIZONA.

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT
BREEZY CONDITIONS TODAY...WITH SNOW SHOWERS INCREASING OVER NORTHWEST
ARIZONA LATE TONIGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY
A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF NORTHERN ARIZONA
WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET ELEVATION.
WIDESPREAD SNOW WILL INCREASE FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS NORTHERN
ARIZONA ON WEDNESDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL CONTINUE THROUGH
WEDNESDAY EVENING...TAPERING OFF TO SNOW SHOWERS BY THURSDAY
MORNING.

THIS IS A VERY COLD SYSTEM...AND MOST AREAS OF NORTHERN AND
CENTRAL ARIZONA WILL SEE SNOWFALL FROM THIS EVENT. EXPECT SNOW
LEVELS FALLING TO THE VALLEY FLOORS BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT. PLAN
ACCORDINGLY...DANGEROUS WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WILL IMPACT ALL
OF NORTHERN ARIZONA ON NEW YEARS EVE AND NEW YEARS DAY.
FOR DETAILED FORECAST INFORMATION PLEASE GO TO WEATHER.GOV/FLAGSTAFF.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.

 

 

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