Officials caution ‘safety’ ahead of winter storm prediction


By Kitsey Burns Harrisoon - kburns@yadkinripple.com



Snow begins to fall in downtown Yadkinville on Wednesday afternoon.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Snow began falling around 2 p.m. Wednesday in Yadkin County. Area schools already had announced an early release due to the threat of inclement weather.

Keith Vestal, Yadkin County Emergency Services director, said they were closely monitoring the weather situation over the next few days.

Vestal said what they were seeing from the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, was still unclear as far as the precipitation predictions.

“We’re not expecting much tonight, but the system coming up this weekend is still up in the air whether its going to be snow, ice or all rain,” Vestal said.

“The main thing is to be prepared,” Vestal wanted to remind area residents.

Vestal said it’s always best to have at least a 72-hour supply of food and water in case inclement weather were to cause travel to be dangerous.

Staying at home and off the roads was Vestal’s recommendation if snow and ice were to accumulate this weekend.

“If it does develop into a storm, everybody just stay at home and stay off the roads unless it’s an emergency and make sure you have the means of staying warm and staying fed,” he said.

He also warned to stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.

Snow begins to fall in downtown Yadkinville on Wednesday afternoon.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_4663.jpgSnow begins to fall in downtown Yadkinville on Wednesday afternoon. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

By Kitsey Burns Harrisoon

kburns@yadkinripple.com

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