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Winter is here

Ice, freezing rain expected Wednesday

FOOTHILLS—A wintry mix was expected to begin after midnight Tuesday after temperatures dropped from a cooler system that moved into the area this week. 

The area received almost 2 inches of rain this week, according to the National Weather Service, which brought colder temperatures and wind on Monday morning. 

The wintry mix is expected to begin between 4-6 a.m. Wednesday morning and stop by the afternoon. 

Freezing rain and sleet is expected and should change to all rain by the afternoon. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office sent out an alert this week prior to the storm with reminders for safety. 

Residents should check smoke alarms once a month. Plan for two ways out of the home in case of an emergency and clear driveways and front walks of ice and snow. 

Residents should also make sure there house number can be seen from the street in case emergency services need to reach you. 

Be ready in case the power goes out by having flashlights on hand and to have battery-powered lighting and fresh batteries. 

Residents should stay aware of the weather by listening to the television or radio and to check on neighbors. 

Generators should be used outdoors only and keep them away from doors and windows. 

People should also be aware of downed power lines and to report any downed wires as soon as they see them.