Residents may see the following effects beginning Thursday during the overnight hours:
* Snow/sleet/ice accumulations of one-quarter-inch of ice along with 2 to 4 inches of snow and sleet accumulation
* Significant snow and ice accumulations will make travel nearly impossible Thursday night and Friday.
In the event that the city implements its emergency action plans, residents are advised to be aware of the following safety information:
* During power outages, treat intersections controlled by red lights as four-way stops.
* If roads are hazardous, and the city is under its Emergency Action Protocols for Winter Weather, the police department will not respond to motor vehicle accidents that do not involve injuries, and where the vehicles can be driven from the scene. Just exchange driver information and come to the police department later to file a delayed accident report. If someone is injured, or the vehicles cannot be driven from the scene, then call 311 or 911.
* People should stay home if possible, and not travel, as the roads will hazardous.
* Be careful with alternative heating sources and generators. Many people are killed as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, or even fires. Please read the safety information when using generators and when using alternative heating sources.
According to Dyersburg emergency officials, Lowes and other hardware stores in the area are already sold out of generators. Residents are encouraged to make preparations but not panic and are reminded to check on their neighbors, particularly their elderly neighbors. City officials will continue to disseminate information through the State Gazette website, Code Red notification and the city Facebook page.
Additional winter weather is expected overnight on Saturday and residents are encouraged to continue to monitor the weather beyond this first storm event.