OT Winter Weather Coming Nervous

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SonyaM - January 14

So here in south Texas we RARELY get winter weather and now we have a big chance of it tonight through Wednesday. I am getting nervous as we really don't know what to do. If we loose power we are screwed, it would be so cold inside. If we could get to my parents house we'd be okay as they have a fireplace but I don't know if we could get there. We do have a gas grill outside so we could make some food but man would it be cold. Any suggestions from those of you who are "professionals" at this?

 

Nerdy Girl - January 14

Dumb question here from a Chicago girl - so does that mean that houses in Texas do not have furnaces?

 

SonyaM - January 14

HA! Nerdygirl, don't feel bad. I didn't even know what a furnace was. Had to call dh to ask him. He said no we don't have a furnace.

 

Nerdy Girl - January 14

My friend just moved from here to Keller. I will have to email her to ask what she does. She sent a picture not too long ago of her kids in their winter coats outside their new house. I will have to ask her about the furnace or what she does to warm her house.

 

SonyaM - January 14

Thanks....

 

hmreyna - January 14

I live in forney, tx and it hasent hit us yet, but no furnaces... I actually dont know what they are either!! :) But, just stock up on groceries and stay in the house!!

 

SonyaM - January 14

where is forney texas? I am in San antonio.

 

jb - January 14

Wow, I couldn't believe it when I read that houses in Texas don't have furnaces! For those that don't know, a furnace is like an air conditioner but it puts off heat instead of cold. The heat travels through the vents like an air conditioner (central air unit) would. Sonya, I wouldn't worry about power going out. The chances of that happening are small. Just get a bunch of blankets out and like hmreyna said, stock up on groceries. Mabe make some soup and freeze it until the storm hits. When the storm does come, warm up the soup and have some hot chocolate and hang in there. I am sure it will only last a few days at the most. Good luck!

 

Lisastar9 - January 14

Think of things you can heat up in the bbq. Wear hats to bed on the lo's. Candles have ready for night time use. Matches too. Make sure you have enough water and food for the lo's too. Put socks on the hands for night sleeping too to keep the hands warm. Dress in layers. You will be fine. This is something I have done in cold winter weather storms which hit us in Canada w/no power .Oh sometimesthe phone still works for sanity reasons. Good Luck keep warm.

 

BriannasMummy - January 14

I wouldnt worry too much about the power going out. I have lived in atlantic Canada for my entire life and only ONCE did my family ever lose its power due to winter weather (ICE STORM). If it does in fact happen, get out the blankeys and cuddle.. the warmth from each other will make things toasty. If it gets really cold I would get the lo's in their jackets and hats. Make sure you have extra food ready for the lo's in case you dont have a way to make it. I cant even imagine a house without a furnace.. it never even occured to me that some houses in the warm areas dont have furnaces. Things should be fine.. try not to worry. ~Kristin~

 

SonyaM - January 14

Isn't it funny how differently we live in different parts of the country and world. It is amazing to you girls that we don't have furnaces in the south and unimaginable to me that some don't have air conditioners in the north. We don't even have hats for us or the kids because we NEVER need them. The problem here is that things aren't built to withstand ice storms. When it does ice over here the city literally shuts down becasue we have no idea how to drive in this weather. I have only seen snow ONCE in my entire life and I am 33!!!! That was in 1985 when San Antonio had 13 inches of snow and the city shut down for over a week. Crazy. Thanks for everyone's suggestions.

 

Lisastar9 - January 14

Do you have jackets with hoods on them or pullover shirts. If not maybe use a towel or somthing in which you can use for a hat ith safetypins to keep it on your littleone,,what about summer hats they would help keep the warmth in. Use you imagination of things in the house to help keep you warm. I agree as for the power to go out it would really have to be a bad storm. Our's goes in in a bad storm with gusts of winf reaching90 kph.,b__wing snow.

 

lin7604 - January 14

wow, here in winnipeg, canada we got our winter blast the other day and it's sticking around for a few more days, you want cold, it's -15F with a wind chill of -31f / -26c with windchill -35 and this has been one of our warmer days this week. BUT thank god next week looks a LOT better, back in the singles.

 

aurorabunny - January 14

Wow do I feel ignorant. I thought every house in the USA had a furnace...LOL Shows how much I know!! I guess it is just coming from different parts like someone else said. We had a REAAALY bad ice storm up here in Kansas City a few years ago and didn't have power for a week. Of course it wasn't as scary because my son wasn't born yet, but it still sucked. Lots of blankets and peanut b___ter sandwiches. Didn't want to eat those again for a while. But right now we are getting a hell of an ice/snow storm and we still haven't lost power. The only time we've ever lost it as I can recall is that one a couple years ago, so I wouldn't worry too much. I guess if you're really concerned you could always buy a generator??

 

sahmof3 - January 14

How ironic! I lived in TX. for 5 years (NE, between Longview and Tyler) and saw a dusting of snow only 2x in five years. Now you all are getting hit and here in PA. where I live we have yet to see anything... pretty much unheard to not have seen even flakes of by Jan.14th!!! Anyway, lots of blankets, flashlights and batteries, candles and matches, food that doesn't require heating, etc. Good luck ;-)

 

SonyaM - January 14

sahmof3, that is funny. I didn't know that you used to live here. I have an uncle that lives in longview. small world.

 

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