December 26, 2012

Big storm heading north


---- — PLATTSBURGH — After slamming the southern Plains and Deep South on Christmas Day, a powerful winter storm will take aim on the East and central Great Lakes from Wednesday into Thursday.

The storm will include substantial snow, an icy mix, soaking rain, strong winds and severe weather, according to a news release from AccuWeather.


On the storm’s cold northern and western flank, substantial snow will spread from the lower Ohio Valley to the eastern Great Lakes and interior Northeast.

More than a foot of snow will bury places from extreme northwestern Pennsylvania to northern Maine and neighboring communities in Canada’s St. Lawrence Valley.

Gusty winds will worsen the situation by blowing and drifting the snow around.

For the North Country, the snow will begin around midnight Wednesday and continue through the day on Thursday.


With the storm approaching, New York State Electric and Gas gave this safety advice:

• Anyone who uses life-sustaining equipment that operates on electricity should contact their utility right away. For NYSEG, the number is 1 (800) 572-1111.

• Keep flashlights, a battery-powered radio or TV and fresh batteries handy.

• Have at least one telephone that is not dependent on electricity. (Cordless phones won’t work during a power interruption.)

• Keep a supply of non-perishable food and bottled water on hand.

• Make sure cell-phone batteries are fully charged.


Here is what NYSEG suggests people do during a power interruption:

• Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.

• To report a power interruption to NYSEG, call 1 (800) 572-1131.

• Listen to a battery-powered radio for weather and power-restoration updates.

• Turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, audio equipment) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored.

Turning off this equipment may mean unplugging it, turning off a circuit breaker or removing a fuse for the circuit that provides power to this equipment.

• Leave one light switch “on” to know when power has been restored.

• Don’t use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.

• Never use outdoor grills or stoves inside.

• Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.

Once power is restored:

• Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.

• Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.