Middlesex Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Record Report
Statement as of 03:45 am EST on November 27, 2014

...Record daily maximum rainfall set at Norfolk VA...

a record rainfall of 1.79 inch(es) was set at Norfolk VA yesterday. This breaks the old record of 1.78 set in 1958.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 11:00 am EST on December 4, 2014

**************************************************** winter preparedness week in Virginia November 30- December 6, 2014 ****************************************************

Governor Terry mcauliffe has declared the week of November 30 to December 6, 2014 as winter preparedness week in Virginia. The National Weather Service /NWS/ offices serving Virginia...in cooperation with the Virginia department of emergency management...will send public information statements over the NOAA weather wire service each day through Saturday at approximately 11 am. These statements will focus on different aspects of winter weather in the mid Atlantic region...and preparedness actions the public should take for the upcoming winter season.

Today's topic - are you and your car ready for winter driving?

We all know how hazardous driving can be during winter storms. In fact...three-quarters (75 percent) of all winter weather related deaths occur on the Road...either in accidents or people getting stranded. And...it can take less than 2 inches of snow to make driving a life-threatening task. February 22, 2001 was a prime example. A brief period of heavy snow...which dropped the visibility to near zero...and quickly froze on well travelled highways...caused 2 multi-vehicle accidents on Virginia interstates. The first accident occurred in northern Virginia...where more than one hundred vehicles collided on Interstate 95. The second occurred just west Richmond on Interstate 64. Nearly 30 vehicles were involved in this pileup.

A similar event occurred on January 19, 2005 in and around the Richmond Metro area when an inch to an inch and a half of snow in a short period of time caused most roads...from interstates to rural...to quickly ice up. The result was more than 200 accidents...some of which resulted in injury. And...in January 2008...a light coating of ice on the Interstate 95/495 interchange flyover in northern Virginia caused multiple accidents...as the flyover became impassable due to a thin coating of ice. The accident clean up and treating of the roadway resulted in the interchange being closed for hours.

Obviously...when the weather is bad and driving conditions are poor...the best bet is to stay at home. However...if you must venture out...the following tips could make for a safer journey.

1). ****Make sure your car is in good running condition.**** Have a mechanic check your battery, antifreeze, windshield wipers, ignition and thermostat. Be sure your tires have enough tread. Replace any of these items if necessary.

2).**** Let someone know your destination and when you plan to arrive. **** If possible, travel in daylight, use major highways, and bring a companion along.

3). ****Clean snow and ice off all parts of your car before!! you drive*** snow and ice left on your car can affect your visibility once you start driving. Before starting out, clean off your vehicle, especially windows, Hood, roof and lights.

4). ****Keep your Gas Tank as full as possible.**** This will not only give you added peace of mind, but the weight of the gas will provide additional traction.

5). ****Keep the following basic items in your car - windshield scraper and brush, booster cables, Tow chain or rope, bag of sand, blanket, flashlight, first aid kit, Road map, and some non-perishable food.****

...if you get stranded on the Road...

1). ****Stay in your car. **** Do not seek shelter or a telephone unless they are close by or already visible. You can easily become disoriented in heavy snow and frigid temperatures.

2). ****Periodically turn on the car engine for brief periods.**** This will help provide heat inside the car. However, to avoid Carbon monoxide gas buildup, clear the exhaust pipe of snow and leave a downwind window slightly open for ventilation.

3). ****Make yourself visible by tying a colored cloth to your antenna or door, or by turning on your dome light when running the engine.****

4). ****Exercise by vigorously moving arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to keep warm.****

The highways can be the most dangerous place to be during severe winter weather. However, knowing how to Cope with the elements can make your winter journeys safer. Above All, drive carefully and defensively during winter weather conditions. Keep plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Do not exceed the speed you consider to be safe, even if others are passing you by.

Below is a link to the NOAA winter outlook for 2014-15.

Http://www.Noaanews.NOAA.Gov/stories2014/20141016_winteroutlook.Html

Additional information on winter weather preparedness can be obtained on-line through the Virginia department of emergency management home Page. The url is (in lower case):

http://www.Vaemergency.Gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/winter

In addition...the ready Virginia and ready North Carolina web sites haves been developed to aid virginians and north carolinians in their overall disaster preparedness. The urls are:

http://www.Vaemergency.Gov/readyvirginia /English version/ http://www.Vaemergency.Gov/listovirginia /Spanish version/ http://readync.Org/ /English version/ http://listonc.Org/ /Spanish version/

Up-to-date weather information is also available on-line from the following National Weather Service sites (all urls in lower case):

NWS Wakefield - http://weather.Gov/akq NWS Sterling - http://weather.Gov/lwx NWS Blacksburg - http://weather.Gov/rnk NWS Charleston WV - http://weather.Gov/rlx NWS Morristown TN - http://weather.Gov/mrx NWS Raleigh NC - http://weather.Gov/rah

National Weather Service winter weather awareness home Page -

Http://www.NWS.NOAA.Gov/om/winter/

Bill sammler warning coordination meteorologist NOAA/National Weather Service Wakefield VA