Special Weather Statement - Chester County (Pennsylvania)
Click on the advisory above to see the specific details as of 10:29 pm
Map showing how the NWS has divided Chester County into East and West sections for providing weather information.
Weather is by far one of the most common situations where emergency planning and preparedness are required. Different regions of the country, and even our individual local municipalities can be impacted in totally different ways as a result of a weather event.
On this site, we cannot possibly cover every single weather situation. We have instead, tried to provide information or links to information sources that can be of value before, during, and after a weather event.
Keep Safety First whenever there is snow...
Traveling: If you must travel, have plenty of gas in your car, a shovel, extra blankets, water, spare clothing, and anything else special you may need for yourself or your children (medications, diapers, formula, etc) in case you get stranded.
Snow Plows: Snow plows and other snow removal equipment require plenty of room to do their job. Leave a greater following distance between your vehicle and a plow truck -- at least 10 car lengths. Do NOT pass a snow plow. If you need to pass, you are driving too fast for current conditions.
Shoveling Snow: Shoveling snow is more stressful on your heart. Take smaller amounts of snow with your shovel and take frequent breaks. Know the warning signs of a heart attack, and STOP if you experience any of them and call 9-1-1. If you know someone who may be unable to clear their walk or driveway, please offer to help them if you can. Get a group together to do the work -- it's faster and easier with many hands!
Listen to 1670 AM for latest updates and information for the Avon Grove Area.
Be safe during cold weather!
There may be a temptation to use other heat sources to heat your home. Only use sources that are meant for indoor use and be certain to check devices such as space heaters for frayed or damaged power cords. Also make sure the circuits they are plugged into are not overloaded. It is better (and safer) to layer on additional clothing or blankets rather than using a potentially unsafe device.
DO NOT use candles, propane grills or portable stoves, or your kitchen stove as an alternate heat source. Besides not being designed for this purpose, they can easy cause a fire or generate deadly carbon monoxide -- an odorless, colorless gas that can render you unconscious and kill you.
During prolonged cold periods, check frequently on anyone who may be more impacted by the weather, such as those with special needs, or older family, friends, and neighbors.
Situational awareness is a term that describes your knowledge about what is currently happening or expected to happen. The hyperlinks provided below are a means for increasing your situational awareness about a number of different types of events.
There is no substitute for your own eyes and ears, but you also cannot be everywhere at the same time. You should always utilize whatever information is readily available: radio and TV broadcasts, real-time information feeds from trusted sources, or other reference material. The idea is to improve your understanding about what is happening and where it is happening.
- National Weather Service Information: Latest Local Forecast (West Grove)
- National Weather Service Information: Latest Regional Briefing (Philadelphia)**
- Local Stream Gauge Charts (height and flow only)
- Chester County Stream Gauge Information (USGS)
Being prepared for different weather situations is often just using good common sense. If you understand the types of hazards that may happen during specific weather (or even non-weather) events, you can prepare to protect yourself and your family and minimize the risk to life, health, and property.
- Difference between a WATCH and a WARNING
- Hurricane Safety Brochure
- Thunderstorm, Tornado, and Lightning Information
- Winter Weather Preparedness
- Flood Safety Information
- NOAA Weather Information