The weather in Jacksonville has been fluctuating so dramatically these past few week; it practically felt like springwinter in FL two weeks ago and then we saw flurries on the pier.  Preparing for a major snowstorm may feel as out of place as salting the sidewalks in July.  How could you have prepared Winter Storm Jonas better?

Freezing weather happens on average 20 days a year in Jacksonville, occurring any time from November to March, but most commonly in December and January.

The large low pressure system upward associated with Jonas stretched from the mid-Atlantic to northern Florida Saturday. There was just enough moisture on the tail end of the pressure system to release a few snowflakes as far south as northern Florida.  You had to squint to see it, but the snowstorm that buried the Northeast in snow also brought rare snow flurry sightings in Florida Saturday.

A few tips to remember when we are hit with our next storm, whether it be a few flurries or hurricane winds from American Family Care – Jacksonville.

  • Water- at least a 3-day supply (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food- at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Use a gas stove, kerosene of propane space heaters, or charcoal or gas grills to heat your home.

Regardless of the severity of the storm, you should always be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.  In the chance that you do need urgent care, American Family Care – Jacksonville is a walk-in clinic, open extended hours, week days and weekend!