EXTREME WINTER WEATHER PREPARATION
Heavy snow and ice can bring down power lines.
Wintry weather can be pretty as a picture, but snow and ice formations can be as dangerous as they are pretty to see. The extreme cold of a winter storm makes many materials like wood and metal brittle, and the extra weight of snow and ice on power lines and trees can make them snap. In either case, power can be interrupted, and you should be prepared for any possible outages.
Even if you live in coastal regions where extreme cold is rare, it's still important to be prepared for freezing weather. Have a kit of basic emergency supplies and a family emergency plan ready as the winter season begins.
Prepare Your Home
- Winterize your home by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic. Clear rain gutters. Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm. (View a quick video for ideas for winterizing your home.)
- Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic. 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.
- Take care with alternate heating sources. During colder months, house fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking necessary safety precautions.
- Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.
- Have a licensed contractor check the structural liability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight caused from the accumulation of snow or water.
During severe winter weather, power lines may be downed from falling branches or other hazards. There is no way for you to know if the line is energized or not. If you see downed or low-hanging lines, stay away from them and call 1-800-ENTERGY (368-3749) to report them.
Terms to Know
Creates a coating of ice on roads and walkways.
Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes roads to freeze and
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY:
Cold, ice and snow are expected.
WINTER STORM WATCH:
Severe weather such as heavy snow or ice is possible in the next day or two.
WINTER STORM WARNING:
Severe winter conditions have begun or will begin very soon.
Heavy snow and strong winds will produce a blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts and life-threatening wind chill.
Below freezing temperatures are expected.