We are beginning to receive word of early school closings and inclement weather is sure to be something we all have to deal with for a few more weeks. Here’s some great information compiled by Mary Frances Close about winter weather preparations as well as links to state and Quantico weather sites.
FROM Ready Virginia: http://www.readyvirginia.gov/stayinformed/winter.cfmWinters in Virginia can mean snow or subfreezing temperatures, as well as strong winds or even ice or heavy rain storms. Winter weather can knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time.
- Prepare for Winter Weather
- Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
- Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify winter weather.
- Freezing Rain creates a coating of ice on roads and walkways.
- Sleet is rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground, causing roads to freeze and become slippery.
- 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.
- Blizzard Warning: heavy snow and strong winds will produce a blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts and life-threatening wind chill.
- Frost/Freeze Warning: below-freezing temperatures are expected.
- Thoroughly check and update your family's emergency supply kit (http://www.readyvirginia.gov/getakit/index.cfm) before winter approaches.
- Include adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
- If you have a car, fill the gas tank in case you have to leave.
- Plan to stay inside (http://www.readyvirginia.gov/makeaplan/stay.cfm) and make it on your own, at least for a period of time.
- If you have a wood burning fire place, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat.
- If you use a generator or space heater (http://www.readyvirginia.gov/makeaplan/safety.cfm) , practice proper safety procedures.
Learn more about getting ready for winter weather.
Quantico Base Closure and Operations Information can be found at http://www.quantico.usmc.mil/OPM/?m=Weather 703-784-3638
At this site you can also register to be added to the MCB Quantico Mass Notification System. You will receive weather, traffic and force protection condition information by phone or e-mail. Stay Safe and Warm.