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Final Prepare Now Message


ISSUED: 8 am, 22 December 2022

Clinton County EMA // Message No. 5

Title: Final Prepare Now Message

Next Update: FINAL


NOTE: This is the final message with time to prepare prior to weather impacts starting the evening of Thursday, 22 December 2022.

Key messages/updates since last message:


- YOU ARE IN THE FINAL HOURS TO PREPARE. Be where you need to be no later than 8 pm tonight.


- WINTER STORM WARNING in effect from December 22, 07:00 PM EST until December 23, 05:00 PM EST.


- WIND CHILL WARNING in effect from December 23, 01:00 AM EST until December 24, 04:00 AM EST.


- Weather impacts to Clinton County may start between 8-10 pm on Thursday evening (earlier estimated arrival). See section 2 below for updated information.


- Weather timing and conditions WILL IMPACT road treatments and clearing (i.e. rain, flash freeze, rapid snow, high winds, drifts, et cetera). Road will be hazardous.


- ELEVATED risk of power outages due to strong winds (trees/limbs, road accidents) and risk of minor structural damage. Power restoration times WILL BE impacted by the weather conditions…wind speeds may exceed safe operating limits of bucket trucks for elevated repairs.


Info: Most bucket trucks are meant to operate on stable ground in normal weather conditions and winds not exceeding 30 miles per hour.


- Wind chill impacts will be SIGNIFICANT and dangerous to those unprotected (frostbite, hypothermia).


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1. SUMMARY

2. THREAT & TIMELINE [Updated]

3. PREPARE/MITIGATION [Updated]

4. RESOURCES

5. NWS MESSAGING [Updated]


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1. SUMMARY:


Polar vortex will bath most of the central and eastern US into extreme cold temperatures and high winds, with the potential of blizzard like temperatures. Potential for a flash freeze Thursday evening and into early Friday morning will present extremely hazardous driving conditions for the Friday morning commute. Clinton County forecasted winds are nearly 30 mph sustained and 40+ mph gusts, with temperatures near zero and wind chills below -20F. High winds will present a potential for power outages in the region and may complicate restoration times with unsafe conditions (winds exceeding safety operating limits of repair bucket trucks). Residents are STRONGLY encouraged to take preparations for longer than normal outages for Friday and Saturday.


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2. THREAT & TIMELINE:


Onset: Weather arrival between 7-10 pm on Thursday evening. Rain will transition to snow and flash freezing conditions.


Snow: Hour snowfall forecast estimates 2”-3” in most of the county, with slightly less near Blanchester.


Winds: Friday to Saturday estimated wind gusts in the range of 30-46 mph.


Temperatures: Friday a high of 1F, Saturday a high of 11F and a low of 1F, and on Christmas day a low of 5 and a high of 13FF. Wind chill on Friday may range from -12F to 0F.


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3. PREPARE/MITIGATION:


All preparations should be in-place no later than 8 pm on Thursday, 22 December 2022.


Recommendations:

Review power outage procedures and actions with household / staff (if you don’t have local procedures, reference keyword POWER at https://www.cc-ema.org/prepare).


Check your car emergency kit (https://www.cc-ema.org/kit). Plan long trips carefully and listen to the radio or television for up-to-date weather forecasts and road conditions. In bad weather, drive only if

absolutely necessary. In case you are stranded, keep an emergency kit in your car with these automobile extras:

- Jumper cables

- Flares or reflective triangle

- Ice scraper

- Car cell phone charger

- Blanket

- Map

- Traction pads or cat litter / sand (for better tire traction)


Prepare for Winter Weather (https://www.cc-ema.org/winter).

- Temporarily takedown outdoor holiday decorations that could present a missile hazard in high winds to you or your neighbors.

- Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking and weather stripping.

- Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.

- Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power.

- Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication.

- Remember the needs of your pets.

- Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.


Ensure staff are signed up for free severe weather notifications/emergency alerts (https://www.cc-ema.org/alerts)

- Use option #1 to opt-in in seconds.

- Use option #2 for detailed geo-tagged/specific address location (you can add multiple locations within Clinton County).


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4. RESOURCES:


How to sign up for Clinton County Emergency Alerts: https://www.cc-ema.org/alerts



NWS SWO Winter Weather: https://www.weather.gov/iln/winter


CCSO issued Snow Emergency Levels: https://clintonsheriff.com/winter-weather-advisories/





Road Condition via Ohio Go: https://ohgo.com/


Clinton County Warming Shelters: https://www.cc-ema.org/post/warming-shelters


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5. NWS MESSAGING:



Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

National Weather Service Wilmington OH

315 AM EST Thu Dec 22 2022



INZ058-059-066-073-074-OHZ045-046-053>056-060>063-070>072-077-

221615-

/O.UPG.KILN.WS.A.0005.221223T0000Z-221223T2200Z/

/O.UPG.KILN.WC.A.0001.221223T0600Z-221224T0900Z/

/O.NEW.KILN.WC.W.0001.221223T0600Z-221224T0900Z/

/O.EXA.KILN.WS.W.0005.221223T0000Z-221223T2200Z/

Fayette IN-Union IN-Franklin IN-Ripley-Dearborn-Union OH-Delaware-

Clark-Madison-Franklin OH-Licking-Preble-Montgomery-Greene-

Fayette OH-Butler-Warren-Clinton-Hamilton-

Including the cities of Connersville, Liberty,

West College Corner, Brookville, Batesville, Milan, Versailles,

Lawrenceburg, Aurora, Marysville, Delaware, Springfield, London,

West Jefferson, Plain City, Columbus, Newark, Eaton, Camden,

Dayton, Kettering, Beavercreek, Fairborn, Xenia,

Washington Court House, Hamilton, Middletown, Fairfield, Oxford,

Mason, Lebanon, Springboro, Wilmington, Blanchester,

and Cincinnati

315 AM EST Thu Dec 22 2022


...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 PM

EST FRIDAY...

...WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM FRIDAY TO 4 AM EST

SATURDAY...


* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total

snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45

mph. For the Wind Chill Warning, dangerously cold wind chills

expected. Wind chills as low as 35 below zero.


* WHERE...Portions of East Central and Southeast Indiana and

Central, Southwest and West Central Ohio.


* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, from 7 PM this evening to

5 PM EST Friday. For the Wind Chill Warning, from 1 AM Friday

to 4 AM EST Saturday.


* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing

snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous

conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty

winds could bring down tree branches. The dangerously cold

wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little

as 10 minutes.


* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Temperatures will drop sharply in the

matter of a few hours during Thursday night, rapidly falling

well below freezing, leading to the potential for a flash

freeze. This will cause travel conditions to rapidly

deteriorate.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...


If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in

your vehicle in case of an emergency.


Avoid outside activities if possible. When outside, make sure you

wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.


Additional information can be found at www.weather.gov/iln as

well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


&&


$$



Wind Chill Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

National Weather Service Wilmington OH

315 AM EST Thu Dec 22 2022



INZ058-059-066-073-074-OHZ045-046-053>056-060>063-070>072-077-

221615-

/O.UPG.KILN.WS.A.0005.221223T0000Z-221223T2200Z/

/O.UPG.KILN.WC.A.0001.221223T0600Z-221224T0900Z/

/O.NEW.KILN.WC.W.0001.221223T0600Z-221224T0900Z/

/O.EXA.KILN.WS.W.0005.221223T0000Z-221223T2200Z/

Fayette IN-Union IN-Franklin IN-Ripley-Dearborn-Union OH-Delaware-

Clark-Madison-Franklin OH-Licking-Preble-Montgomery-Greene-

Fayette OH-Butler-Warren-Clinton-Hamilton-

Including the cities of Connersville, Liberty,

West College Corner, Brookville, Batesville, Milan, Versailles,

Lawrenceburg, Aurora, Marysville, Delaware, Springfield, London,

West Jefferson, Plain City, Columbus, Newark, Eaton, Camden,

Dayton, Kettering, Beavercreek, Fairborn, Xenia,

Washington Court House, Hamilton, Middletown, Fairfield, Oxford,

Mason, Lebanon, Springboro, Wilmington, Blanchester,

and Cincinnati

315 AM EST Thu Dec 22 2022


...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 PM

EST FRIDAY...

...WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM FRIDAY TO 4 AM EST

SATURDAY...


* WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total

snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45

mph. For the Wind Chill Warning, dangerously cold wind chills

expected. Wind chills as low as 35 below zero.


* WHERE...Portions of East Central and Southeast Indiana and

Central, Southwest and West Central Ohio.


* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, from 7 PM this evening to

5 PM EST Friday. For the Wind Chill Warning, from 1 AM Friday

to 4 AM EST Saturday.


* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing

snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous

conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty

winds could bring down tree branches. The dangerously cold

wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little

as 10 minutes.


* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Temperatures will drop sharply in the

matter of a few hours during Thursday night, rapidly falling

well below freezing, leading to the potential for a flash

freeze. This will cause travel conditions to rapidly

deteriorate.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...


If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in

your vehicle in case of an emergency.


Avoid outside activities if possible. When outside, make sure you

wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.


Additional information can be found at www.weather.gov/iln as

well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


&&


$$


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