Just as the Kansas City area is starting to see some pavement and grass peeking through where all the snow had been for the past few days, we have a forecast for another big snowstorm. Depending on which forecast is considered, the area is expecting to be hit with anywhere from four to eighteen inches of snow. Reports say that the storm will begin as rain on Monday and changing over to snow; with heavy snow expected throughout the night. Snow will continue to fall at least off and on throughout the day on Tuesday.
Many people have been grocery shopping in preparation of the storm. Some shelves are completely empty at quite a few of the stores, as shoppers have bought up all of the stock. Bread, eggs, and milk are in short supply at some stores; if any are available at all. Other items in demand are hamburger and bacon.
Emergency supplies of a flashlight, batteries, and warm blankets would be a good idea to have handy in case the power goes out. Roof collapses have already been occurring from the snow that we experienced this past week. More snow could cause more problems. If the storm begins with rain, as is being predicted, this could cause the formation of ice on power lines. Neither of these situations is desirable.
Pets may enjoy the snow, but their time outside in the weather should be limited with the amounts of snow being forecast. Between the depth of the snow and the colder temperatures, it is not safe for pets to be outside for any extended length of time. When pets are outside, be sure that they are provided with water. Keep in mind that any bowl of water can turn to ice rather quickly, so it would need to be thawed and replenished with fresh water regularly.
Please remember neighbors and others who may need assistance throughout the snowstorm. Some people may not have adequate means for getting out for what they need. Others may not be able to shovel their sidewalk or driveway. Many get depressed having to stay inside for any length of time. A phone call or a personal visit may help in preventing this. Sirach 4: 30 says, "He who does a kindness is remembered afterward; when he falls, he finds a support," (The New American Bible).
Prepare for the snow, be careful when walking or driving, and please look out for others.