Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hypothermia Alert and other important news, Jan. 21

By now you've heard that we are in for one heck of a snow and wicked cold storm starting this morning.   The National Weather Service predicts temps in the teens with wind up to 30 mph at varying times between now and the early hours of Saturday morning.   Here's some info that's good to know:

Hypothermia Alert:   Hypothermia season is November 1 to March 31 and when the temperature and wind chill drop to 32 deg. F or below, the alert is activated.   The activation triggers provisions for homeless individuals and families; details are in the Winter Plan (PDF).

DHS and HSEMA notify the public when the Hypothermia Alert has been activated.   The message below is the one distributed this morning at 6:51 am:

DHS reports the Hypothermia Alert will remain on. The current temperature is 38 degrees with a wind chill of 30 degrees. Today's forecast calls Snow, mainly after 9am. Temperature falling to around 19 by 5pm. North wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Alert DC: Sign up for Hypothermia Alert messages (text or email) by registering for Alert DC.   The Alert DC system also messages AMBER Alerts, transportation incidents, utility interruption, and severe weather.   Other choices are shown below.

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