With the Christmas season coming to a close, one gift area residents won’t receive in the upcoming week is the continued higher than expected warm temperatures; winter has finally arrived in Pettis County.
The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill is predicting rain for the area both late Sunday night /early Monday morning with a potential mix of rain and snow Monday afternoon.
Highs for the area are expected to be in the mid 30s with lows in the upper teens throughout most of the upcoming week.
“The rain has stopped for Pettis County and we are no longer in the Flash Flood Watch, that’s the good news, of course any time you say that there is good news, usually means there is some bad news to go along with it,” Sedalia and Pettis County Emergency Management Director said in a release provided to the Democrat.
“We will see more rain today through Monday night. Unfortunately that rain may turn into a very light glaze of ice tonight into Monday morning,” Clippert added. “Although it will be a thin glaze, it will make driving very hazardous. Bridges will be especially slick.”
Tripple AAA recommends the following safe driving tips:
•Avoid driving when fatigued.
•Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area such as a garage.
•Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
•Never mix radial tires with other types.
•Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas freeze up.
•If possible avoid using your parking brake in cold, snowy and rainy weather.
•Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface.
•Always look and steer where you want to go
•If the weather is hazardous, stay home unless it is necessary to be out.
•Most importantly in any driving situation, always use your seat belt anytime you get into your vehicle.
Triple AAA goes on to recommend that if drivers do become snow or ice bound in a vehicle, stay with the vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and it is easier for rescuers to locate the individual.
In situations where a driver or passenger is trapped, make sure the exhaust of the vehicle is not clogged with snow, ice or mud to avoid carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment of the vehicle if the engine is running.
Motorists are advised to run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.
It is also recommended to keep blankets, or additional clothing, a small shovel, and nonperishable food and water in the trunk of the vehicle in case motorists do become stranded.
While there is a 100 percent chance of precipitation the temperatures may give area residents a break from seeing any significant accumulation of snow.
Winds may be another factor to deal with though.
The National Weather service is predicting sustained northwest winds between 20 t0 30 mph with gusts as high as 43 mph.
Ice accumulations of less than 0.1 of an inch is possible.
Clippert added the following advice for winter weather driving.
“Slow down,take your time and remember 4 wheel drive means nothing on ice,” he said in his statement. “One bit of good news is that it’s possible our temperature may be a little above freezing, or will be shortly after sunrise; ice may turn to snow on Monday afternoon, but very little accumulation.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484