A winter storm will blow into the area today, increasing the chances for snow in central Kansas.

“Expect light, blowing snow to fall during the daylight hours on Wednesday, (with) less than 1/2 inch of light snow expected,” said Arkansas City Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Frazee, predicting “minimal impact” from the event.

While it is anticipated that gusty northeast winds might cause some drifting snow, the highest accumulations of snow are likely to be along the Interstate 70 corridor.

“(The) main threat from this storm is going to be dangerous wind chills and low temperatures in the teens both Wednesday and Thursday,” Frazee said.

This will be the first possibility of snow this winter season, however.

Carbon monoxide awareness

With the change in weather, remember to check carbon monoxide detectors in the home.

Each year, more than 400 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months, likely due to the increase in use of gas-powered furnaces.

Here are a few ways to stay guarded against carbon monoxide poisoning this winter:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
  • Locate heating units away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep the devices at least 20 feet from doors, windows and vents.
  • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors, or by an open window or door.
  • Call for help from the fresh-air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist.

This information and much more can be found at www.ready.gov.