Winter Weather Alert 02/10/2021

A Hazardous Weather Outlook Advisory and Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for the Eastern Washington Area. An arctic front will be moving through the North Idaho Panhandle area and into the Columbia Basin area. Several rounds of snowstorms are also anticipated to possibly occur between Saturday and next week. It is my recommendation that we continue to monitor the weather outlook as needed and inform the community so that they are able to prepare accordingly. I have attached a weather timeline and best practices for windstorms in this email and have also attached the advisories for the inclement weather below.

Wind Chill Advisory
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Spokane WA
233 PM PST Wed Feb 10 2021

 

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Spokane Area-Northeast Mountains-
Including the cities of Rockford, Spokane Valley, Chewelah, Colville, Cheney, Northport, Flowery Trail Road, Fairfield, Orin-Rice Road, Airway Heights, Newport, Deer Park,
Springdale-Hunters Road, Downtown Spokane, Davenport, and Kettle Falls
233 PM PST Wed Feb 10 2021

 

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 11 AM PST FRIDAY…

..Very cold wind chill temperatures expected. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero.

..Rockford, Spokane Valley, Chewelah, Colville, Cheney, Northport, Flowery Trail Road, Fairfield, Orin-Rice Road, Airway Heights, Newport, Deer Park, Springdale-Hunters Road, Downtown Spokane, Davenport, and Kettle Falls.

..From 1 AM to 11 AM PST Friday.

..The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.

 

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook

National Weather Service Spokane WA

456 AM PST Wed Feb 10 2021

 

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Northern Panhandle-Coeur d`Alene Area-Central Panhandle Mountains- Moses Lake Area-Upper Columbia Basin-Spokane Area-

Northeast Mountains-Okanogan Highlands-Wenatchee Area- Okanogan Valley-Waterville Plateau-

456 AM PST Wed Feb 10 2021

 

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of North Idaho… Central Washington…East Central Washington…North Central Washington and Northeast Washington.

 

.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT

 

Winds will begin to increase into tonight as an arctic front moves into the region. Bitterly cold wind chills are expected overnight into Thursday morning, especially in the Okanogan Valley and

North Idaho Panhandle with gusts up to 35 MPH possible.

 

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

 

Breezy winds will channel down the Okanogan Valley, North Idaho Panhandle, and blow across the Columbia Basin Thursday into Friday morning. Wind gusts near 35 mph will be possible. Bitterly cold wind chills are expected to accompany the winds Thursday and Friday.

 

Multiple rounds of light to moderate snow are possible Saturday into early next week. Those with travel plans should

monitor forecasts in the coming days as snow returns to the region.

 

What to do before a windstorm

  • Contact your local emergency management office or the National Weather Service to find out what types of storms are most likely to occur in your
  • Assemble a disaster supply
  • If you have a home generator, make sure you know how to use it safely. Follow all instructions and contact the vendor, if necessary. Improper use of a generator can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Find out who in your area might need special assistance, such as the elderly, disabled, and non- English speaking
  • Check with your veterinarian for animal care instructions in an emergency
  • If you live on a coastal or inland shoreline, be familiar with evacuation
  • Know what emergency plans are in place at your workplace, school and daycare
  • Conduct a home safety evaluation to find out which nearby trees could fall in a
  • If you have an electric garage door opener, locate the manual

\What to do during a windstorm

  • Don’t panic. Take quick action to protect yourself and help others.
  • Turn off the stove if you’re cooking when the power goes out, and turn off natural gas
  • Never use a gas stove for
  • Never burn charcoal
  • Never us a generator indoors or in a garage or
  • If you are indoors, move away from windows or objects that could fall. Go to lower floors in multi- story
  • If you are outdoors, move into a building. Avoid downed electric power lines, utility poles and trees.
  • If you are driving, pull off the road and stop away from trees. If possible, walk into a safe Avoid overpasses, power lines and other hazards.
  • Listen to your radio for emergency

What to do after a windstorm

  • Check yourself and those around you for
  • Evacuate damaged buildings. Do not re-enter until declared safe by
  • Call 9-1-1 only to report a life threatening
  • If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound indoors — open windows and leave the building. Turn off the gas source and call your gas company. Do not use matches, candles, open flames or electric switches
  • If the power goes out, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep food frozen for up to two days.
  • Provide assistance to your neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled.
  • Try to make contact with your out-of-area phone contact, but avoid making local telephone
  • Monitor your portable or weather radio for instructions or an official “all clear” notice. Radio stations will broadcast what to do, the location of emergency shelters, medical aid stations, and the extent of damage