Updated NWS Flagstaff Weather Briefing March 1, 2015 (4:45 PM)
A strong cold front will move eastward across northern Arizona on Monday, bringing moderate to heavy precipitation to the area as it moves across the state. Current timing brings the front from near Kingman around midnight…to Flagstaff by Monday morning…and eastern AZ by late afternoon.
Precipitation amounts will generally be 1-2” with the passage of the front…with locally higher amounts along the Western Mogollon rim and higher terrain in Yavapai County, and lower amounts over the valleys.
Snow levels will be at or above 7000 ft ahead (east) of the front…6500-7000 ft along the front (during most of the precipitation)…and down to 5000ft behind the front (with minor snow accumulations).
Winter Storm Preparedness
Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
Preparing for Loss of Power:
Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.
Winterize Your Home
After an Outage
Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm! Fully check and winterize your vehicle before a winter storm. Winter Driving Tips
Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit:
Even though a fire may appear to be out, embers and ash can remain hot enough to start a fire days after you think the fire is out. Re-ignition from smoldering fireplace ashes continues to be the cause for deaths and injuries. To be safe, simply treat all ashes and coals as hot, even when you think they had time enough to cool. Proper disposal of fireplace ashes and hot embers is important to prevent fires.
When you clean your fireplace, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Proper Disposal of Fireplace Ashes
Garden areas or flower beds could be a possible location to dump the liquid from the soaked fireplace ashes allowing many nutrients to return to the soil. It can potentially be a fertilizer, a soil amendment, or as an insect repellent. Please survey the area and evaluate any additional hazards before disposing of your ash liquids or four day cooled ashes. Make sure all dry leaves have been removed from the area before dumping it into either a garden or flower bed that is away from the house, and remember to moisten the area. To read more details on what to check for when adding ashes to your gardens: Ashes as Fertilizer
Ashes from charcoal grills should never be used in the garden due to the chemical residues left by processed charcoal.
Did you know that wood ash gives traction to icy or snow-covered walkways? That’s welcome information, particularly for gardeners, who know too well how commercial de-icing products may damage lawns and plantings. Also, if the car gets stuck, sprinkling cold ash in front of and behind tires can help them grip.
If you have any questions related to fireplace ashes, or other fireplace related questions, please check with your local fire district or chimney specialist.
Fireplace & Chimney Safety
Fireplace weather has arrived. To some, there is nothing better than warming up next to a fire. It becomes the center of the home, a gathering place, and brings in the holiday spirit. Is your fireplace ready for company? Making sure your fireplace is safe and used properly should be one of the items on your holiday list and checked twice. We have gathered some helpful information for you about fireplace safety and how to properly dispose of ashes. Please take this time to read these tips to keep your home safe through the winter.
Fireplace safety tips:
Please watch for the next post on proper disposal of fire ashes.
Emergency Notification System will be tested Wednesday, December 3rd
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office will be TESTING the Emergency Notification System (ENS), also known as Code Red, this Wednesday, December 3rd, by calling the entire community.
The calls will begin at 10 AM and will continue until the entire database has been attempted. These calls will give Yavapai Sheriff Communication’s personnel the chance to operate the system as if there has been a community wide disaster. Additionally, the message being delivered directs recipients to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office website at www.ycsoaz.gov, and the Emergency Notification System link in the blue menu bar at the top of the page. Accessing this page will allow you to submit additional notification numbers. The test message also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends, and neighbors. Please consider signing up or adding contact information before the test notifications so you can be assured the system is able to reach you.
Sheriff Scott Mascher suggests that “all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include landline and cell phones, as well as email and text addresses. If your contact information is not in the database, you will NOT receive a call when an urgent message is sent.” The Sheriff’s Office also encourages businesses to register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently, and those who use a cell phones exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers.
ENS, “CodeRED,” allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required, along with a primary phone number, to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. Notification preferences can be selected during sign-up. Also consider downloading the Code Red app for your smartphone.
Those without Internet access may call 928-771-3260 Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for assistance signing up for the free service. Additional phone numbers, email, and text addresses may also be entered. All information in the system is held in strict confidence.
Another advantage to getting these alerts – If there is a fire, flood, or other emergency incident near your home while you’re away, the notification allows you to contact neighbors, or friends in the area to check on your property, remove valuables, or even secure animals if necessary.
Direct access to the CODE RED sign up page is here: