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Tuesday’s high, 30; Overnight low, minus 8
WED-SCATTERED SNOW SQUALLS, HIGH 10 THEN DROPPING
WED NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW, MINUS 8
THU-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 4
THU NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW M,US 4
FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 18
FRI NIGHT-LOW MINUS 6
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Most area schools cancelled classes due to extreme cold….the Potter County Department of Emergency Services has winter survival tips…..Unemployment went up between November and December in all counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting….Teen driver unhurt in minor mishap in Kane….Lewis Run man cited for speeding after pick up crashes on Route 59….
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The frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills resulted in the cancellation of classes today at these area schools: Austin, Cameron County, Coudersport, Galeton, Johnsonburg, Northern Potter, Oswayo Valley, Port Allegany, Ridgway, Smethport and St. Marys. Austin, Oswayo Valley and Northern Potter have already announced they will be closed on Thursday, January 31.All evening activities cancelled. Potter County Senior Centers and the Oswayo Valley Library and Coudersport Library were also closed.
With dangerous wind chills predicted late Wednesday through Friday, the Potter County Department of Emergency Services urges all citizens to prepare themselves for extreme cold temperatures. Citizens should have a plan in place and know where to go should they lose power or heat.
DES urges residents to contact family and friends or their local municipal officials regarding warming centers in your area. Warming centers are heated public facilities where any resident can go during periods of extreme cold temperatures to stay warm and safe temporarily.
Some precautions include:
*Maintain awareness of local warming centers
*Dress appropriately for winter weather and recognize the symptoms of hypothermia
*Gather emergency supplies for home and/or work
*Prepare a winter go kit for your automobile
Area residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible. If anyone needs urgent medical treatment, contact 911immediately. Do not contact 911 for shelter information.
In the event of a wide spread or localized emergency situation, warming centers will be opened.
Residents are encouraged to stay inside during extreme wind chill temperatures. If you must go outside dress appropriately and maintain personal awareness:
Wear loose fitting, lightweight layered clothing. Layers can be removed if perspiration and subsequent chills become a problem
*Wear a hat, half of body heat is lost through the top of the head
*Keep your feet dry, wool socks are best if you are going to be out in the cold
*Cover your mouth and nose with scarves to help protect your lungs from cold air.
*If you become stranded, stay dry and cover all exposed body parts.
*Avoid overexertion, for example when shoveling snow. Do not ignore chest pain or
tightness in your chest
*Watch for signs of frostbite such as numbness or white pale appearance to the skin
*Watch for signs of hypothermia such as slurred speech, memory loss, uncontrollable
shivering, disorientation and exhaustion
Seek medical attention for chest pain, frostbite or hypothermia as soon as possible
Now is the time to put your plan in place and know who your contacts are.
PREPARE A WINTER KIT FOR YOUR VEHICLES
In the event you must travel over the next 48-72 hours, the Potter County Department of Emergency Services suggests you prepare a winter kit for your vehicles including the following:
Windshield scraper and small broom
Battery powered radio
Extra hats, socks and mittens
First aid kit with pocket knife
Tow chain or rope
Road salt and sand
Fluorescent distress flag
For additional ideas visit website: http://www.ready.gov/car
Additional preparedness information is available from FEMA at the following link:
The jobless rate went up in every county served by Black Forest Broadcasting between November and December according to figures just released by the state department of Labor and Industry. Potter County saw an increase from 5.2 to 5.9%; McKean’s went up from 4.8 to 5.1%; Cameron realized a slight increase from 4.6% to 4.7%; Tioga County saw an uptick from 5.1 to 5.3% and Elk’s rate went up from 4.0% to 4.1%. Adams County had the best rate in Pennsylvania, holding steady at 3.2% while Forest placed 67th and had an increase from 6.00% to 6.2%.
A 17 year old Kane boy escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when his Chevrolet Cobalt went off of Route 6 in Wetmore Township and clipped a mailbox near the Wolf Farm Road
State police at Kane have cited a Lewis Run driver for speeding in connection to a crash in Lafayette Township last Wednesday morning. Andrew Cuoco was going west on Route 59 when his Ford F-350 went into an uncontrollable slide, spun across the road and hit a snow bank before rolling over onto the passenger side. Cuoco was not hurt.