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WEATHER ALERT: Prepare for Wintry Mix this Weekend

Star Staff Reports

winter-weather-this-weekend-2016“Shelby County citizens are encouraged to stay weather ready,” said Dale Lane, Director Shelby County Office of Preparedness (SCOP). The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a wide range of temperatures and precipitations this weekend.”

Friday: 50 percent chance of showers, breezy, 52 to 60 degrees
Saturday: 40 to 70 percent chance of showers, thunderstorms, 30 mph wind gusts, a high of 73. Saturday evening, possible freezing rain and pellets after midnight, a low of 27, winds 15 to 20 mph, and 30 mph gusts. Little to no ice accumulation expected. Sleet less than 1⁄2 inch is possible.

  •   Listen to the forecasts. Upload the ReadyTN mobile app (www.tnema.org/ReadyTN/mobile-app.html).
  •   Dress for the weather (light layers under a heavy coat, socks, boots, mittens, scarf).
  •   Avoid unnecessary driving.
  •   Check road conditions at the TDOT (www.tn.gov/tdot).
  •   Let others know your intended route and time of arrival. Travel with a buddy.
  •   Have a full tank of gas.
  •   Have an emergency auto kit to include: Cell phone and charger, NOAA all-hazards

    battery-powered radio, flashlight and batteries, blankets, bottled water, non-perishable food,

    ice scraper, jumper cables, rock salt, sand, shovel, HELP/OK sign.

  •   Be cautious on bridges and overpasses.
  •   Drive defensively: keep your seatbelt on, keep your headlights on, go slow, don’t follow too

    closely, and go easy on your brakes. If you slide, turn into the slide.

    Resource:

    National Weather Service: www.weather.gov

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