Winter storm dumps on NWPA

Submitted Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:41am by Andy Alm

MEADVILLE — Another winter storm will impact Crawford County and Northwestern Pennsylvania through Wednesday with very cold conditions, wind chills -10 to -20 degree range will only recover slightly during daylight hours on Tuesday.  Lake Effect Snow for the snowbelt with areas of 2+ feet possible through Wednesday morning.  There is currently a Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect from now until 7:00 am Wednesday and a Wind Chill Advisory from 10:00 PM tonight to 11:00 am Tuesday.

Residents and visitors in Crawford County are urged to check on their neighbors and family members especially those living alone to make sure they are alright.  If you have pets or animals that cannot withstand the wind chill, take them inside or in a nearby shelter, out of the weather elements.  Residents are advised to have an emergency plan and emergency kit in place in the event of power outages or other utility disruptions.  Make back-up plans to go to a friends or neighbors that has utilities rather.

Travelers also need to monitor the road conditions and if they are bad do not travel, if you have to travel drive slow.  In order to help prepare for winter storms, county residences are asked to review the following checklist:

When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. It is very important to remember to take caution during extremely cold temperatures and severe winter weather to prevent injuries and illness, such as hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia occurs most commonly at very cold environmental temperatures, but can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water. Redness or pain in any skin area may be due to frostbite, an injury to the body that is caused by freezing.  During extreme cold or severe winter weather, take these precautions to lower your risk of illness:

•Wear cold weather appropriate clothing like gloves, hats, scarves and snow boots.

•Be aware of the wind chill factor.

•Remove any wet clothing immediately.

•Limit your time outdoors.

Seek medical care if you suspect that you may be suffering from frostbite or hypothermia, as these are serious medical conditions.

Be mindful of the amount of time spent outdoors shoveling snow and removing debris after snowstorms. Dress warmly and work slowly to avoid exertion and to prevent back injury. Other steps to take to help prevent muscle and bone injury include:

•Use teams of two or more to move bulky objects.

•Avoid lifting any material that weighs more than 50 pounds.

•Use proper automated-assist lifting devices.

•Use caution or seek professional assistance when removing fallen trees, cleaning up debris or using equipment, such as chain saws.

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