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Lancaster bracing for first winter storm

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Winter may finally arrive this weekend. Snow and ice are indeed in the forecast. Lancaster may see two inches by Sunday evening. The Monday commute to school and work may be slick.

The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a chance of snow showers before 8 a.m. and continuing through Sunday night when it changes to freezing rain. Today will be cloudy through the mid morning before clearing and warming up to an expected high of 40. Tonight temperatures are expected to drop to a low of 23.

Snow is likely Sunday afternoon. The NWS predicts the snow will change over to freezing rain and sleet in the evening. Rain is expected Monday through much of the day.

The Weather Information Center at Millersville University calls for “Morning low clouds giving way to mostly sunny skies and breezy conditions” today. They predict snow holding off until Sunday afternoon. Eric Horst, MU’s meteorologist, tweeted “Sunday...coating to 2 inches of snow & sleet. Ice accumulation of 0.1 - 0.25.”

Preparing for power outages

As snow and ice accumulates, it can weigh down and break limbs, which fall onto power lines and cause power outages. PPL Electric Utilities is prepared to quickly and safely respond to customers who may lose service due to accumulating ice and snow. Are you?

If you lose power, please report your outage by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL (342-5775) or visiting our online Outage Center at www.pplelectric.com/outage. PPL relies on customers to tell us about outages. The website also has tips to prepare for stormy weather and other information.

Be prepared for power outages and cold. Keep a supply of non perishable foods and fresh water. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other preparedness sites, suggests maintaining a three day supply per person.

While it may seem like the 11th hour, there is still time to prepare for winter storms and power outages. Make sure you have a snow shovel in your car. Cat litter is good to have on hand as well. If you slide off the road or get stuck, the cat litter – poured at your tires – gives the car traction to get moving again. In addition when the cat litter is in the trunk, it gives you extra weight in the trunk. Rock salt also works, as does sand.

Preparing for extreme cold

Be sure you have extra blankets and warm clothes. Bring in outdoor pets. For more tips on preparing for extreme cold, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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