Are You Ready For Some Winter Weather?

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Jan 312021

The latest from the National Weather Service regarding winter storm “Cooper” shows the snow beginning to fall a few hours later than originally expected.

The weather this week will not be pleasant for some, but, this is New England after all and snow and bitterly cold temperatures are expected.

Snow will begin to fall overnight, but mainly after 4 a.m. It will be cloudy with a low temperature around 20 and wind chill values between 5 and 15. Total overnight snow accumulation is only expected to be about 1 to 2 inches.

The real snow event will be during the day on Monday with cold temperatures and wind chill values between 5 and 10 degrees. Be prepared for blustery northeast winds of 15 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph and snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches.

The worst of the storm is expected to occur between 1 and 7 p.m. with blizzard conditions. (5 p.m. rush hour traffic is expected to be slippery with low visibility)

Put all of these factors together and the one word to remember is “caution.” If you don’t have the means to pay someone to remove the snow for you, it may be a good idea to bundle up, (gloves, scarf, hat, waterproof winter boots, warm socks) and try to stay ahead of the storm by going out every couple of hours and shoveling for a short while.

See our story on proper shoveling technique to avoid injuring yourself. If you feel cold or get tired, especially if you have health issues or are older, by all means, go inside, get warm and relax.

The snow is expected to continue through Monday evening with lows around 28 (wind chill between 10 – 15) Windy with gusts up to 36 mph. Additional snowfall of 4 to 8 inches is possible.

And that’s not all on Tuesday more light snow is expected but only about an inch. But it’s going to super cold with the wind chill making it feel like 15 – 20 degrees. Blustery north winds of 15-21 mph.

If you don’t have to go out, PLEASE stay home.

If you have to do your own snow clean up, PLEASE do it in short shifts. Don’t overdo it.

DON’T Leave pets outside any longer than they must be to relieve themselves. If they tend to get “snowballs” on their feet remove them as soon as they come inside.

If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home, shovel around it so in the event of an emergency, firefighters won’t have to use valuable time doing that.

Keep your Laptop and cell phone charged just in case you lose power.

You May Think You’re Ready For the Deep Freeze, But Are Your Pipes?

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Jan 072015

frozen-pipe1One thing to think about tonight besides keeping yourself, your family and pets warm is keeping your water pipes from freezing.

We saw what the cold can do to pipes and the expense associated with water damage last year at Peck Place School and already today the pipes burst at the former Stop & Shop building on Bull Hill Lane.

Do you know how to protect your pipes from damage or what to do if they freeze?

The Red Cross offers this information