City Preparing for Potential Icy Conditions
Winter Weather Tips
January 28, 2014
The City of Tallahassee is preparing for the severe winter weather expected to impact our area this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting near and below-freezing temperatures beginning late Tuesday and continuing through Thursday for Tallahassee. While the chance of snow is minimal, light freezing rain and some ice accumulation is anticipated. City staff will be monitoring the situation as it develops.
Citizens are urged to take precautions as this icy weather enters our area. Tips for guarding people, pets and pipes against frigid conditions can be found on Talgov.com.
Residents are reminded to insulate exposed pipes and trickle water from at least one spigot inside the home. This is important to protect against broken pipes and, subsequently, soaked homes.
The City’s Public Works Department is prepared to spread dry sand on ice patches on roads, should they occur. Icy road conditions can exist even if you can’t visibly see ice. Motorists are advised to drive slower than normal, leave extra room between cars and to not slam on the brakes. As in other hazardous weather conditions, give yourself extra time by leaving a little earlier. Remember, texting and driving is always dangerous and is against the law in the state of Florida.
While our tree canopy is an amenity most of the time, falling limbs present a hazard during bad weather. Public Works has called in additional tree crews to be on stand-by in case icy conditions bring limbs to the ground. The Electric Utility also has extra crews on call to ensure any power outages are restored as quickly as possible.
In addition, the Electric Utility is asking residents to assist in the event power is lost by turning off electric heat pumps until power is restored (i.e., lights come back on). When power is being restored, the pull of thousands of heat pumps all starting at once can cause a surge that causes the electric circuit to shut back down. Waiting until the lights are back on to turn on the heat pump will help reduce the likelihood of a surge.
Due to the weather, air travelers could experience flight delays and cancellations. Delta Air Lines has notified Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) that all flights to and from Atlanta after 10:30 a.m. this morning are cancelled. TLH reminds all air travelers to check with their airlines to ensure flights are on schedule. The airport is prepared and capable of deicing planes, should the need arise.
While City parks will remain open, the Trousdell Aquatics Center will not open for the early morning swim time. It will open at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The Wade Wehunt Pool at Myers Park will open at its usual time of 6 a.m.
There will be no interruptions to Solid Waste Services collection schedules or StarMetro services.
For other cold weather tips and to stay up-to-date if conditions worsen, please follow @COTNews on Twitter.
The Utility customer call center will remain staffed around the clock through Thursday. If you experience an issue with your utility services, please call 891-4YOU (4968). City crews are always at the ready to restore outages and other service interruptions as quickly as possible.
Lizzy Kelley, Communications Department, 891-8533
Utility Emergency Number: Electric, Water, Gas – 24 hours daily: 891-4YOU (4968)