St. Louis Winter Weather preparations – We are impressed!
Listening to the news tonite, we heard many different aspects of disaster weather preparations. Ameren UE the electric utility is being very proactive in getting prepared for the upcoming winter storm. They are stationing trailers that have been fully stocked with supplies strategically around the area to allow crews to restock in the field and get back to work restoring power to customers. They have also brought in 850 lineman and tree trimmers to be ready to help where needed. Kudos to Ameren for their proactivity!!
Additionally, Governor Jay Nixon has mobilized National Guard troops proactively to be available to help citizens in any way needed. Hundreds of National Guard troops were mobilized today to be ready to help.
St. Louis City and County have disaster command centers set up and functioning. Contingency plans have been developed in case of widespread power outages. It has been estimated that several hundred thousand customers could lose power before the storm is over. The main concern is the ice that is accumulating on trees and power lines. With a quarter inch of ice already on the trees and more ice to come, these preparations are surely going to be needed.
The current forecast for the St. Louis area is: Winter storm warning in place for now, through tomorrow. We are to get another .1-.3 inch of ice, then we are getting heavy snow starting around 6 PM tomorrow night with accumulations of anywhere from 7-19” of snow. We are even expecting thunder snow and thunder sleet. The meteorologists say that with the addition of the thunder, snow and sleet accumulations could be even more. Then, the temperatures are supposed to drop severely and the wind will pick up and snow will blow. Wow! We live in the Midwest, not the tundra or Siberia. Seriously, we are not used to this at all.
St. Louis residents need to appreciate all of the preparations that are being put into place by our city leaders. Thank you for your efforts. We will all appreciate them by the time this storm is over!
We hope our home doesn't look like this before it is over....................................