Adverse weather conditions are in the forecast for much of our region this week, with rain and snow projected to begin later today. Recent reports indicate this area could get anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of snow accumulation, and we may be subjected to wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.
Though it's not yet Christmas, we may need the glow from Rudolph's nose to help guide us from today through Saturday afternoon, when conditions are set to improve. All holiday humor aside, though, we hope area residents will take this storm seriously.
While we don't want to unnecessarily alarm anyone, we do want to recall readers to the wide-sweeping power outages that resulted after the high winds of this summer's derecho and the heavy snowfall from Superstorm Sandy. Many people found they were unprepared for these two weather-related disasters.
We believe our cities, counties and state have learned from these incidents, and we hope we will benefit from better preparedness and response should any similar disaster occur. We hope local residents learned a few lessons from these earlier storms as well and will take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety and that of their loved ones and/or their pets during this next storm.
Temperatures are expected to dip into the teens in the next few days. That, coupled with the wind chill, will make for extremely frigid nights. Should the power go out as the result of this coming store, conditions would be dire for many in this community.
Please join us in planning accordingly and being as prepared as possible for your own safety and well-being. While our government entities have a responsibility to ensure rescue efforts and assistance when necessary, the best disaster plans of action begin at home.