Bundled up

Published 10:03 pm Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Most Pike County residents have probably heard forecasts for snowy weather locally for this weekend. And, according to meteorologists, those aren’t just rumors.

The National Weather Service Meteorologist Angel Montanez in Birmingham reports Troy residents should expect 1 to 3 inches of snow beginning Friday morning.

Temperatures will remain frigid with highs in the mid- to upper-30s through the weekend, and the weather service will continue to revise its snow prediction as temperatures change.

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Above-average levels of rain characterize the past weeks, and the following weeks are not expected to be any drier.

The Montgomery area has received more than 20 inches of rain since December. Current precipitation levels are 3 inches above average for the month and 8.5 inches above average for the year.

Active and wet weather systems are common during El Niño years.

With the threat of snow, Pike County EMA Director Larry Davis cautions residents to remember the four “P’s:” people, pets, plants, and pipes.

During times of freezing weather, people should check on elderly and disabled family members or friends. “These people are the priority,” Davis said.

Pets and plants should be brought inside. Plants must be out of the wind and can be set under a heat lamp.

Pipes should be wrapped to prevent bursting.

Davis said residents should report any burst or leaking pipes or running water to a utility company.

Though only a few inches of snow are expected in the area, Davis suggests all residents determine how the weather will affect them and make a plan.

Local superintendents will decide later today how snowy weather could impact school plans.

“At this time a decision has not been made, but we will check the weather forecast for (Friday) and make a decision,” said Troy City Schools Superintendent Linda Felton-Smith.

Pike County Schools Superintendent Mark Bazzell said the system will do the same.

For school closings, keep posted to www.troymessenger.com.