Archive for December, 2010

The first snowflakes from an approaching nor’easter-type storm — our first major storm of the season — began to fall at noon today in Nockamixon Township. As of ten o’clock this morning, a snow emergency has been declared by the township supervisors.

A Snow Emergency means that the township’s road crews are in full activation to keep roads cleared and passable, and require the cooperation of residents and businesses in our community to continue being as effective as possible. Please remove any vehicles from the street near your home to allow more effective plowing by our road crews, and please refrain from shoveling or plowing snow from your drive or walkways into the street.

According to the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, NJ:

WINTER STORM WARNING
in effect until Monday, Dec 27, 1:00 PM

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST MONDAY…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE: SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS: EIGHT TO TWELVE INCHES.

* TIMING: NOW OCCURRING AND ENDING BY NOON MONDAY. THE GREATEST INTENSITY WILL BE FROM THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS: TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS DUE TO SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IS EXPECTED WITH GREATLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.

* WINDS: NORTHERLY WINDS INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH EXPECTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW… SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

Your Nockamixon Emergency Management Agency urges its citizens to reconsider any travel plans at this point. The snow has begun to fall and winds are picking up. Conditions will only deteriorate from this point over the next 24 hours, until the storm has passed.

Please travel only if necessary, and if you must travel:

  • remain alert for rapidly changing conditions and err on the side of caution in all driving decisions
  • keep your windshield, windows and mirrors free of ice and snow so you may see clearly
  • make sure to dress warmly, and pack blankets, some food and water, and a few long-burning votive candles and something to light them with. The flame of a single candle can raise the temperature inside a typical car cabin by 10° F — enough to make the difference between life and death in extreme circumstances.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged before you leave — you never know if you’ll need it for an extended period of time.
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