Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Bernalillo County officials today encouraged the community to prepare for a coming cold weather blast that forecasters say will send temperatures well below normal this weekend and into early next week.
Saturday and Sunday are expected to be the coldest, with overnight temperatures projected as low as zero to 15 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service’s Albuquerque office. The metro area is also projected to receive significant wind gusts on Friday.
Although forecasters do not project a severe cold snap, Bernalillo County’s Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to take simple steps to prepare.
“It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare in advance of a winter storm or cold weather snap,” says Roger Tannen, Bernalillo County’s emergency manager. “We encourage people to prepare a simple emergency kit for your car, and be careful when travelling this weekend. Also, it’s a good idea to make sure your furnace or wood stove is in good condition, and to insulate any water pipes that may be located outside your home or near the surface.”
Friday’s weather is projected to be very windy with a slight chance of snow showers, with Friday night lows of 5 to 15 degrees in the Albuquerque metro area.
Saturday’s weather calls for highs in the 20s to mid 30s and lows of zero to 15 degrees.
Although Albuquerque is likely to receive little if any snow, forecasters say, the following precautions are advised:
- Limit exposure to cold when working or travelling outdoors.
- Prepare a vehicle emergency kit with food, a shovel, clothing, blankets and other supplies in case of a breakdown.
- Take stock of your home’s water pipes and insulate any exposed outdoor pipes, if necessary.
- Operate your stove or furnace safely, and make sure you have a fire extinguisher.
- Bring pets or companion animals inside, and make sure livestock have adequate shelter with unfrozen drinking water.
The weather service offers detailed information about current and future conditions at www.weather.gov/abq. Also, current conditions are recorded on the Weatherline forecast service at (505) 821-1111.
For more information about preparing for winter weather, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s www.ready.gov.
Photo Courtesy National Weather Service
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