Winter Weather Safety Tips

Make sure you have these items in an easy to remember location.

1. A flashlight and extra batteries.

2. A battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information.

3. Extra non perishable food and water. Food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best.

4. Extra medicine and baby items. Don't forget your pets!

5. A first-aid survival kit. This includes bandages, antiseptics, gloves, and scissors.

6. Heating fuel. An emergency heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater. Firewood is a great source for heat when electricity is out.

7. A fire extinguisher and smoke detector.

Traveling during the storm…

Plan your travel and check the latest WKYT-27 forecast to avoid the storm!

Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit which should include:

Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water

Sack of sand or cat litter for traction


Windshield scraper and brush

Tool kit

Tow rope

Battery booster cables

Water container

Compass and road maps.

Mobile phone, charger, batteries

Blankets/sleeping bags

Flashlight with extra batteries

First-aid kit


High-calorie, non-perishable food

Extra clothing to keep dry

Large empty can to use as emergency toilet. Tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes.

Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

Avoid traveling alone.

Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.

Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins.

At home during the storm…

Stay indoors during the storm. If you must go outside, layers of clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat.

Wear gloves or mittens and a hat to prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.

Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks.

If you shovel snow, be extremely careful. It is physically strenuous work. Take frequent breaks. Avoid overexertion – heart attacks from shoveling heavy snow are a leading cause of deaths during winter.

Avoid traveling by car, but if you must, keep the gas tank full for emergency use and to keep your fuel line from freezing.

Watch WKYT-27 for updates.

Owning a weather radio allows you to receive information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week about life-threatening hazards and keeps you aware of any changing situations. When severe weather or other hazardous situations are expected, the radio will sound an alert, warning users that a watch or warning is in effect for the area.

That's why the WKYT First Alert Weather Center is teaming with Kroger and the Midland Radio Corporation to offer Midland Digital All Hazards NOAA weather radios at a reduced price at 19 Lexington area Kroger stores.

511 provides continual updates about weather-related road conditions, road work, commercial vehicle restrictions, road closures and other travel information via the phone or Internet.

Watches, Warnings, and Advisories

Winter Weather Advisory-

Used when snow...or a mixture of precipitation such as snow, sleet, freezing rain or drizzle is expected, but will not reach warning criteria.

Freezing Rain Advisory-

Issued for snowfall amounts of less than 4". Forecast amounts would be 1-2", 1-3", 2-4", or perhaps 3". If only freezing rain or freezing drizzle is expected, then the product would be issued as a Freezing Rain or Freezing Drizzle advisory. Freezing rain is expected to coat surfaces with up to one quarter of an inch of ice.

Wind Chill Advisory-

Issued when wind chill temperatures are expected to range from -10F to -24F, with a minimum wind speed of 10 mph.

Winter Storm Watch-

Issued if there is a threat for heavy snow or sleet, significant accumulations of freezing rain or freezing drizzle, or any combination of these. Issued 12 to 36 hours in advance of the event. The definition of heavy snow in Kentucky is 4" or more in 12 hours, or 6" or more in 24 hours.

Winter Storm Warning-

Issued if there is a high probability that severe winter weather will occur, such as heavy snow or sleet, significant accumulations of freezing rain or freezing drizzle, or any combination of these. Issued normally for the first period forecast, i.e. less than or equal to 12 hours in advance of the event. A winter storm warning may be extended into the second period of the forecast if necessary.

Ice Storm Warning-

Issued when ice accumulations are expected to exceed one quarter of an inch on exposed surfaces. Blizzard Warning-

Issued for winter storms with sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater, and considerable falling and/or blowing snow reducing visibilities to 1/4 mile or less. These conditions should last for 3 hours or longer.

Wind Chill Warning-

Issued when wind chill temperatures are expected to reach -25°F or colder, with a minimum wind speed of about 10 mph.

It's simply the most important, lifesaving advancement in weather technology and forecasting ever in Kentucky. WKYT's new "First Alert Defender" dual polarity radar is the most technologically advanced and three times more powerful than any other live Doppler radar scanning the skies over central and eastern Kentucky.

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