Snow likely this weekend, so KCSO offers winter fun safety tips
A wet winter storm could bring snow to Kern County's mountains late Friday and early Saturday.
Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Miles Muzio says the county could see 2-6 inches of snow above 4,000 feet, with 1-2 inches possible on the freeway passes.
With snow on the way, the Kern County Sheriff's Office issued winter-weather safety tips:
- Follow all highway, freeway and roadway rules and laws. Do not pull off to the side of the road or the shoulder at the first sign of snow. Please route and map out ahead of time public snow recreation areas for you and your family to enjoy.
- Not all snowy fields and open areas are for the public’s enjoyment. Many areas of Tehachapi and Frazier Park that are covered in snow and visible from roadways are private land. It is illegal to trespass on privately owned land. KCSO will be fining and citing anyone who is trespassing on privately owned land.
- You must stop and put on chains when highway signs indicate chains are required. You can be cited by the California Highway Patrol and fined if you don't. You will usually have about a mile between "chains required" signs and the checkpoint to install your chains. Please be prepared for this and carry snow chains with you.
- When you must put on chains, wait until you can pull completely off the roadway to the right. Do not stop in a traffic lane where you will endanger yourself and block traffic.
- Ensure the tread on your tires are in in good condition. Slow down and use more caution than normal during snowy or icy conditions.
- Ensure your children are dressed properly for winter weather. Small children’s bodies are not as efficient at temperature regulating as an adult body. Small children also may not be able to explain that their fingers are numb or their socks are wet. Wear a hat -- almost 40 percent of body heat escapes from the head. Wear gloves and shoes that prevent cold, wet socks. Periodically check to make sure your children’s clothes are dry, including shoes and socks. Wet clothes should be changed immediately, so pack several changes of dry clothes for your family.
- If sledding or participating in other sports, kids should wear a fitted helmet. Children should never sled on or near roads.
- Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet. Dogs may be curious and wish to explore in the snow but extended exposure can put their paws at risk for frostbite and put them at risk for hypothermia. Make sure you have blankets and dry off/warm your pets after they have been in the snow. Minimize the length of time they are exposed to harsh winter conditions.
- Remember to “pack it in, pack it out.” Help to keep our county clean. Often there are large amounts of trash left in snow recreational areas. There is a hefty fine for anyone caught littering. Please help maintain the beauty of our county areas and do the decent thing by not leaving your trash for others to pick up.