Difficult Travel, Closings Expected On Snowy Friday

December 5, 2013
By

Image: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

With a significant winter weather system expected to make its way through the area, citizens are encouraged to prepare and for hazardous roads and possible school and business closings.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning which is in effect from Friday at 1 a.m. until Saturday at 1 a.m.

Rain will transition to a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain through midnight or a little after. Precipitation will change over to snow by daybreak. Snow may be heavy at time throughout Friday.

Hazardous travel conditions may force schools and organizations to close Friday.

Click here to view current delays and cancellations.

Local highway departments will be out in full force to combat the potential snow and ice covered roads.

Click here to view if your county is under a travel advisory.

A travel “advisory” is notification that travel may be restricted in some areas. Under a “watch” level, only essential travel is recommended. A travel advisory at a “warning” level means travel may be restricted to emergency personnel only.

Winter Driving Safety

Those considering going out onto the roads are advised to check the weather forecast and travel conditions prior to leaving, and allow for extra travel time. If driving during the storm is necessary, make sure you have a fully charged and functioning cell phone. A vehicle preparedness kit is also strongly encouraged. Items in a vehicle preparedness kit include:

  • At least two blankets or a sleeping bag;
  • Flashlight and extra batteries;
  • Booster (jumper) cables;
  • Emergency flares;
  • Extra clothing, including boots, hats and gloves;
  • Shovel
  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods like granola bars, raisins, nuts, peanut butter or cheese crackers;
  • First-aid kit and necessary medications;
  • Sand or non-clumping kitty litter for tire traction;
  • Cell phone and charger for vehicle use; and
  •  Ice scraper and snow brush.

When traveling, always move over or pull to the side of the road for first responders.

If You Become Stranded

  • Unless there is a safe structure nearby, do not leave the car, since it is the best protection;
  • Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. An idling car only uses about one gallon of gas per hour;
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the car for rescuers to see;
  • Light a flare or turn on a flashlight to let others know you are stranded;
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe is free of any blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning; and
  • Keep hydrated by drinking water from your preparedness kit. Don’t eat snow, as it will lower body temperature.

 

Listen Live

Upcoming Events

Sep
5
Sat
11:00 am Annual Classic Cruise-In
Annual Classic Cruise-In
Sep 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ripley Crossing presents their Annual Classic Cruise-In on September 5 from 11 am – 2 pm at 1200 Whitlach Way in Milan. Food & drinks, live music, vendors, and door prizes will be featured and available. Free will offering will be accepted for registration the day of the event. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place!
12:00 pm 22nd Annual Metamora Grad School... @ Old School Grounds Shelter House
22nd Annual Metamora Grad School... @ Old School Grounds Shelter House
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm
This is a casual reunion for anyone who ever attended Metamora Grade School, and an excellent opportunity to reminisce about the good ‘ole days at Metamora School. Take yourself back in time as you visit with some of your former schoolmates. The Metamora School days are remembered by many from this era as days of hardships, yet they also remain as some of their fondest memories of youth. The school has been gone about 36 years now, since about 1979. Please feel welcome to bring your family, old photographs or class pictures, or any old school mementos. All ages are welcome. Attendance in past years has ranged from 25 – 100. This event is very informal and will begin with a pitch-in lunch at noon. Dress appropriately for visiting at the outside, open shelter. Restrooms are available a couple hundred yards away at the State Building. Please bring a covered dish and your own beverage. Let’s keep our memories of the old school alive as long as we’re alive. Call Jim Hunter at 812-350-8253 for more information.
12:00 pm Batesville Crush Girls Car Wash @ McDonald's
Batesville Crush Girls Car Wash @ McDonald's
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Batesville Crush Girls are having a car wash this Saturday, September 5th, at McDonald’s in Batesville from 12-4. We have 2 tournaments coming up in September & October so we definitely need everyone to get their car washed on Saturday!! Have your Crush wash your car.

View Calendar