MOUNT VERNON — Knox County residents are bracing for the first major snow storm of 2012 as 6 to 10 inches of snow is predicted to fall today.
“It’s a great day to stay home if you can,” said Mark Maxwell, Knox County Emergency Management Agency director.
Knox County is under a winter weather warning which means there is a good likelihood predictions will come to fruition.
“This [winter storm] is pretty much going to happen,” Maxwell said.
Counties west of Knox are under blizzard alerts but Maxwell explained the difference is wind.
“The amount of snow [predicted for Knox County] can vary by 4 inches. Six inches will have as much concern as 10 inches,” he said. “The difference between a winter weather warning and a blizzard alert is the amount of wind — it will be harder to see the roadway. Regardless, it will still be difficult to see to drive.”
To be prepared for this storm, or any weather storm, Maxwell suggests families have a three-day supply of food and water. In the event the power goes out, candles, flashlights or lanterns will be needed for light sources.
An item most people don’t think about in our high-tech age is cash, he said. Without power, ATM machines or credit card machines will be rendered useless.
He also suggests to have entertainment sources available such as books or games to keep the family occupied.
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