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The ingredients are coming together for a potentially historic storm with Hurricane Sandy combining with a strong cold front which is moving across our area today. This has the potential to create a significant winter storm for southern, WV starting Monday. This storm has the potential of dropping heavy wet snow accumulation Monday night into Tuesday that will likely cause power outages due to the weight on the trees and power lines and will cause problems with travel due to slick roads.
How much snow remains to be seen at this point, but several computer models are forecasting over a foot for a large swath of the WOAY-TV viewing area. We will release an official snowfall forecast tonight, but you should go ahead and take steps to prepare for this storm.
What you need to do:
-Make sure you have non-perishable food and water to last you at least 3 days, if not a week.
-There will likely be sustained high winds with this storm, so move in patio furniture and any decorations you have outside.
-Because of the cold air moving in, water in your gutters may freeze and could potentially bring your gutters down in combination with the heavy wet snow on them. I would make sure there are no obstruction to your drain pipes and that the gutters are mainly cleared out.
-Be prepared to deal with extended power outages.
I would make sure you have a winter emergency kit in your car as well. Here
is a good site to show you what is needed in it. Here
is a link for a list of what should be in your home emergency kit. Keep it with WOAY-TV and WOAY.com as we continue to track this storm and it's potential impacts on southern WV.