Prattville – The Fountain City may be covered in white on Friday as the Deep South braces for a winter storm, the first phase of which has already moved from the Midwest to the coastal northeastern United States.
At 3:09 PM CST on Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Birmingham issued a Winter Storm Watch for Autauga County, Alabama, which is in effect from late Thursday night through Friday afternoon.
At that time, Rocky Milliman. Autauga County EMA Director, received the preliminary numbers from a briefing with the National Weather Service.
“The area can get anywhere from a dusting to one inch of snow between 6:00 PM on Thursday to 6:00 PM on Friday,” Milliman said. “We will be getting adjustments to that forecast as we get closer to that time.”
Milliman said that residents should always be ready to expect the worst and be prepared to manage on supplies for the first three days.
“Check battery powered equipment, make sure your NOAA weather radio is plugged in or has fresh batteries, dress in layers if you have to go out, but stay indoors to prevent cold weather injuries such as hyperthermia,” advised Milliman. “Make sure your family emergency kits are up to date; make sure you have a winter storm kit in your car that includes blankets, flashlights, first aid kit, scraper, and water, and turn off space heaters if you’re not in the room.”
“Make sure you shop for your supplies before the storm hits, not during,” he continued.
The EMA Director also wished to remind everyone that pets should be brought inside to a warm area, especially when the weather drops down below freezing.
Article by Melissa Parker
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