Officials look ahead to weekend weather

By Emily Jarrett

February 6, 2014

After a storm that brought 7.5 inches of snow to the area, another winter storm is headed to Sedalia, though this isn’t expected to bring much precipitation.

According to Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Clippert, there is a 40 percent chance of snow tonight, though the storm should only bring an inch or two of snow.

“I’m not expecting it to bring much more than that, certainly not as much as Tuesday’s storm brought,” he said. “For the next 48-hours through Saturday we may see just a little snow, but on top of what we’ve already it had it really won’t mean too much.”

Sedalia will also see a break in the temperature, with the National Weather Service reporting it could get into the 20s Saturday.

“We’re getting back to more normal temperatures for this time of year, 20s and 30s. And if we get into the 30s it’s going to feel down right balmy,” Clippert joked. “Looking ahead, we may see another storm on Monday that could bring snow to the area. We’ll start tracking that on Saturday to get a good projection of if and when it’ll hit us.”

While the temperatures are on a slight rise, the Pettis County Health Center is reminding residents to continue to take precautions during the cold weather. Safety tips include:

• Wearing layers of clothing, a scarf and hat when shoveling snow or being outside for any reason.

• Keeping an emergency kit in the car with a blanket, flashlight, water and food source. Let someone know when traveling and when expected to arrive.

• Clearing snow in small sections and taking frequent breaks.

• Avoiding sudden twisting that could lead to a fall or sore muscles.

• Pushing snow instead of lifting when possible.

• Shoveling snow may make chronic health conditions worse — if chest pain happens and does not get better, call 911 immediately.

• Watching for signs of frost bite, especially on the ears, fingers, nose and toes. Skin that has frost bite is often painful, may be very red or pale white in color or may lose feeling. Warming should be done slowly. Use warm not hot water and do not rub injured body parts.

• Changing wet clothes immediately — wet clothes add to the risk of hypothermia.

• Signs and symptoms of hypothermia or low body temperature include lack of coordination, mental confusion, slowed reactions, shivering, heart rhythm irregularities and sleepiness. Anyone having the symptoms of hypothermia should move to a warm environment, remove wet clothing and check for signs of frost bite.

• Hypothermia or low body temperature is a serious risk during cold weather. Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature has fallen below 95 degrees Fahrenheit and the body does not produce enough energy to keep the internal body temperature warm enough. Hypothermia can also lead to heart failure.

For more information on staying safe, contact the Pettis County Health Center at 827-1130.