Snow is in the cards for our area tomorrow.
The biggest storm of the season is expected tomorrow. In the last 24 hours, the nor’easter has trended closer and stronger… That means some hefty snow totals and possible blizzard conditions Thursday.
Most of New England will see snow. The Cape and Islands will start with rain tomorrow morning then flip to snow in the afternoon too, with the risk of a flash freeze when that happens. This will be an all-day storm with heavy precipitation at times, particularly 7 AM – 7 PM.
Eastern MA is under a BLIZZARD WARNING where 10″+ snow is expected along with gusts 50+ mph. Visibility will be terrible. If you have the option of staying home and limiting travel Thursday, that’s the safest choice. Snow will be heavier and stickier in southeastern MA in the morning where temperatures will be in the lower 30s. There will likely be power outages from the combination of snow load and strong gusts.
A widespread 6-10″ is the forecast now from central MA to southern NH. Temperatures there will be colder and the snow will be lighter and fluffier. That doesn’t mean you’ll pass on power loss… Winds will still gusts 40-50 mph at times.
Stock up on food and water. Have bottled water on hand and food to last a few days.
Have an emergency medicine bag. Think ahead about which medications you and your family members will need, and which medications you should have on hand in case of emergency. Double check any drugs needed to treat a chronic condition, such as insulin or statins, to make sure you’re not in need of a refill. It’s also smart to keep an emergency kit stocked with acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and Benadryl. Stores could be closed for a day or two.
Stay indoors. Weather experts recommend you stay inside if at all possible. Driving can be treacherous, and roads may shut down. Stay off the roads so the road crews can plow and keep the roads cleared especially for emergency vehicles.
Watch for frostbite. If you do have to go outside, dress properly. Dress in layers. Even the warmest clothing becomes ineffective if it gets too damp from absorbing sweat. Be sure to wear a hat and gloves, as the parts of the body most vulnerable to frostbite are the ears, earlobes, tip of the nose, cheeks, fingers, and toes since they’re at the edges of blood circulation. If you experience tingling or numbness, get inside and put the affected area in warm, not hot, water.
Know the signs of hypothermia. If the body’s core temperature dips below 95 degrees, hypothermia could begin to set in. It’s usually marked by shivering, pale skin, and nails turning blue. Check on your elderly family members and neighbors.
Clear snow carefully. Dress in layers and wear your hat and gloves. Take frequent breaks and watch your back. A snowblower may be a good investment.
Power outages are a good possibility. Investing in a generator may be a good idea. Fill the tub with water for toilet flushing and dishwater if you rely on a well for your water supply. Consider having a backup heat source f0r when the power goes out.
Lastly hunker down and enjoy the time indoors to catch up on reading or play some family games. It will all be over in a day or so.
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