Snow Storm Safety
When winter comes around in Massachusetts, we can expect lots of snow and cold weather which can lead to frozen pipes and icy driveways. While the snow is beautiful to look at and a great reason to cozy up, it can be dangerous to your home.
This week, NWS and forecasters have indicated that the snow totals will reach higher than four inches, and a winter weather advisory exists now for tonight through the evening hours for all of CT, RI and MA west of I-95. Totals are expected to be 3-5 inches (with the 5 inches in the Berkshires and higher terrain of Worcester County). Elsewhere in MA, the totals will be closer to 1-2 inches with a trace of snow on the mid-Cape and the islands.
This change reflects the latest models which anticipate the secondary low pressure system not departing as quickly as initially thought. On Thursday, another storm coming from Utah, NM, AZ region, will take a more southerly route than this current storm. It will miss us but drag down some very cold air. By Friday, wind chills will be in the double digits below zero! The coldest air of the season by a longshot!
With this snow storm on the way, now is a good time to look over winter safety procedures with your family to prepare for any circumstance that may come your way. The storms can make driving and walking extremely hazardous, so it is in everyone’s best interest to listen to the radio for the latest information for your area.
Tips to keep safe during a winter storm:
- Stay indoors and dress warmly
- Eat regularly, because food gives energy to give the body its own heat
- Drink water to stay hydrated when inside
- Wear thick and layered clothing and protective gear against the cold if you go outside to shovel or do anything else
- Keep the gas tank full
- Avoid driving
- Check on neighbors to make sure they are okay
Every snowstorm is different, but it is important to keep these tips in mind for safety in any situation. Enjoy the snow, and remember to stay safe!