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
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
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
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
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.)
How to Make Snow Ice Cream
Clean bowl of snow
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.
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
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.