Winter Weather |
Nearly every part of Louisiana is susceptible to winter weather conditions that
include ice and snow storms. While they are not common occurrences like severe
thunderstorms and tornadoes we must still be prepared.
Winter Weather: Know the Terms:
Winter Storm Watch: A winter storm is possible in your area.
Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, AM / FM radio or media outlets
for more information.
Winter Storm Warning: A winter storm is occurring or will soon
occur in your area.
- Freezing Rain / Accumulation: Rain that freezes when it hits the
ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and
Sleet: Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the
ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become
Frost/Freeze Warning: Below freezing temperatures are expected.
Dress for the Weather
Prepare your home and family
- Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight; warm clothing rather than
one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and
- Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves
- Wear a hat.
- Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
Prepare your car
- Prepare for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient
heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off. For example, store a
good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning
- Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by
insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and
windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
- Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may
provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment.
Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that
could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
- Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow
faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your
house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as
more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the
necessary safety precautions.
- Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
- Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled
friends, neighbors or employees.
- Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
- Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing..
- Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery
terminals should be clean.
- Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
- Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
- Lights and flashing hazard lights - ensure they work properly.
- Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.