Behind the Scenes: Preparing for a winter storm at WHAS11 by Melissa Swan

Behind the Scenes: Preparing for a winter storm at WHAS11 by Melissa Swan

Behind the Scenes: Preparing for a winter storm at WHAS11 by Melissa Swan

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by Melissa Swan

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 15, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 16 at 9:58 PM

10:31 --- Our crews for the morning news are beginning to arrive.  Our Good Morning Kentuckiana Senior Producer just arrived from Clarksville and says the roads are fine.   Here's the problem she had, however.   If your car has been outside before you need to drive., wait a while to warm it up.   The freezing precip falling on a cold car leads to the windshield freezing over again after you've cleared it.   She said it was obvious the defroster wasn't up to all that cold on the glass.   So, plan on taking more time to prep your car for the ride.

9:25  It's snowing in Downtown Louisville.   A very light snow has started to fall.  As we've been saying Jefferson County Schools --  still open.   If that changes we'll let you know immediately. Incidentally, on another note, Adrianna Hopkins has a very heart warming Christmas story.   The mystery of the toys found by the side of the road has been solved.   Don't miss it at 11.

8;30  --- Just checked in with Monty.    No sign of snow flakes in downtown Louisville.    Still light snow and freezing rain to the south of the city.  We do have reports of snow falling the Fern Creek and some accumulating snow in Shelby County.    Monty will have the most up-to-date forecast at 11.  Plus,  Mike Colombo has been out talking to drivers, and driving experts.   How to handle the ice if it's there for your morning commute.  It's all simple stuff but it's exactly what we forget.   You can see his complete report on 11@11.  

This is something I've been thinking about for the past couple of days.    A motorist who was stranded in cold weather on the interstate this week in Minnesota said he had a couple of bottles of water and some energy bars in his car.  They came in handy when he was stranded for nearly 10 hours.   It made me think.    I would never have even that much food in the car.   That could be another good tip.   Doug Proffitt says peanuts or peanut butter keeps well in your car.

6:36 --- Tell City, Indiana and Leitchfield, Kentucky are both getting snow and sleet.   it is definately headed our way.   Monty says downtown Louisville should see some snow flakes shortly after 9 p.m.   You can probably time it for your town from that.    It's a little earlier than I had planned for.   Right now -- not sure if  I'll be driving home at midnight.    We will have people checking the roads and giving us updates after the snow begins to fall.  Stay tuned and tell me what's going on in your town.

    5:47 --  Just a quick update.    As Monty has been telling us the heaviest snow and /or freezing rain will be here during the overnight hours.   Because of the timing Good Morning Kentuckiana will be coming on even earlier Thursday morning.    We now have a 4 a.m. start time.   Also as of right now Jefferson County Public Schools have made no decision about whether schools will be closed.    Assume they are open until we hearing differently.   Let me know how you're preparing for the snow and ice.

 

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - It's really quite interesting. We know if the storm materializes that we will be struggling to get to work ourselves, probably working more, intense hours and deciding on what information is really needed by our viewers.


First and foremost are school closings.  Plus, we will constantly be updating the weather forecast and keeping up with any changes in the forecast.   Then there’s the issue of ice.   Maneuvering in the snow and traveling on ice are very different. 

  
How you drive, how the electrical lines will be affected and how you thaw your locks – it all requires a different set of skills.    We’re talking to the experts about all of that.  I’ll be here in the newsroom updating the behind the scenes activity.  

Stay tuned and stay in touch.  Give us your tips for clearing the snow and ice.  Let me know if there’s some information you need.   Also, send us your pictures.   We’ll be here.   

You can also leave comments on my Facebook page by clicking here.  Thanks.  
 

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