Only a couple of days into the new year and already the Forsyth area has been hit with a pretty decent snowfall that started in the late hours on Saturday and then persisted through the morning hours of Sunday. I measured just less than three inches of the good packing snow at 4AM on my back deck with more coming down as I did so. The temperatures overnight hovered in the low twenties and that looks also to be the high for Sunday.
As soon as it got light outside, I got my gear and went out to see if I could get a few good pictures. I can only say that it does really feel like winter now and this picture I took bears testament to that fact. What I am wondering now is what might happen next?
The National Weather Service is forecasting for an extended period of very cold temperatures as arctic air filters into the region over the next few days. With a snow pack now in place that could drive the overnight readings way down to zero or below. The worst of this will not be felt until towards the end of the coming week.
This might be (is) a good time for me to make sure I have my winter travel equipment in my Jeep so in the event I do get stuck, I will be able to stay warm and get help if needed. While you can find good suggestions on the internet, I thought I would add the following;
1) When you think snowy winter weather a good possibility, the best strategy I know of is to ‘stock up and stay put’ until the nastiness is over. Not always possible, but for those who can, it’s the best advice.
2) If you do have to travel make sure you let someone know what you plans are. That way if you turn up missing, rescuers will have a shot at finding you.
3) Keep a first aid kit, food, water and a means of ‘sure’ communication in your car. By secure communications, I am referring to a spare cord that can be attached to a cell phone in case the batteries get low. It’s also not a bad idea to have some flares, cat litter and that sort of thing in case you get stuck.
4) Dress as though you are going to have to walk a good distance just in case you might have to.
5) Grab a used soup can or whatever and place a candle with matches into it. This can serve as an emergency source of heat if you get stuck in a blizzard and the car quits on you.
Now, I know what most of you are thinking. ‘That could never happen to me.’ But, just let me say that if you ever do get stuck on some back country road… If you find yourself miles from anywhere and its dark and cold, then just having a survival kit with you can make all the difference! Have I ever been stuck like that you ask? Naw, I stay home when it gets crummy outside. 🙂
I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.