SULLIVAN - The National Weather Service office in St. Louis has issued a Winter Storm Warning (upgraded from Tuesday) for our area, beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 through midnight.
Eastern Missouri will be a target for ice problems, with maybe 3 inches or so of snow. Expect power outages. Below is a statement from Crawford Electric:
BOURBON – With winter storm watches and warnings in effect for much of the service area, Crawford Electric urges members to heed expert advice: prepare now and stay informed.
The National Weather Service is predicting a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain for east-central Missouri starting sometime early Thursday morning. While snow does not greatly affect power supply, ice storms are among the most devastating weather events that can hit the electric grid. When freezing rain occurs, it can collect as ice on elevated surfaces such as power lines. The heavy weight can snap the lines, cause trees to fall into lines or topple poles. Icy roads and downed trees can hamper crews attempting to restore power.
“Like most of you, we’re watching the weather and checking our preparedness plans,” said Laura Hengstenberg, Crawford Electric’s communications manager. “Local forecasters and media outlets are doing a great job of staying on top of the developing weather.”
The current forecast (as of Wednesday morning) indicates a combination of snow and sleet beginning after midnight, followed by a period of freezing rain on Thursday, tapering to freezing drizzle Thursday night. Up to two-tenths of an inch of ice accumulation is possible.
The co-op plans to use its digital and social media to keep members informed in case of power outages.
“We’ve been posting on Facebook and using Twitter to let members know about the best things they can do to be prepared,” Hengstenberg said. “Our website has a great list of simple but crucial things to do to prepare your home and family for a service interruption.”
Visit www.CrawfordElec.com/storm-center for answers to frequently asked questions on storm preparedness and outage repair.