Here in Massachusetts, the Blizzard of 2015 is bearing down us.The National Weather Service has advised:
A crippling and potentially historic Blizzard will impact the area mainly from late today (January 26th) into Tuesday, lingering into early Wednesday (January 28th).
Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 7 pm this evening to 1 am EST Wednesday.
- Locations: eastern and southeastern Massachusetts as well as all of Rhode Island.
- Hazard types: Heavy snow, strong winds and blizzard conditions. Considerable blowing and drifting snow. Strong to damaging winds.
- Accumulations: snow accumulations of around 20 to 30 inches. With locally higher amounts. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches an hour at times.
- Timing: while the storm is expected to begin late today and linger into early Wednesday, the worst of the storm will be tonight through Tuesday afternoon.
- Impacts: Heavy snow and strong winds will result in White-out / blizzard conditions with near zero visibility. Travel will be impossible and life threatening across the entire region. Also snow may be wet enough to result in downed tree limbs and power outages in addition to the winds.
- Winds: North-northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts around 65 to 75 mph. The height of the winds will be late tonight into Tuesday.
- Visibilities: one quarter mile or less at times.
A Blizzard Warning is issued when sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will become poor with Whiteout conditions at times. Those venturing outdoors may become lost or disoriented, so persons in the warning area are advised to stay indoors.
All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon. To allow people already on the road to safely reach their destination before the heavy snow begins, and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads.
Storm Safety Tips:
- Check your supplies.
- Make sure you have a snow shovel and ice melt to keep walkways clear and safe.
- Check that you have sufficient heating fuel for your home and fuel for your generator, if you have one.
- If you will be using a fireplace or wood-burning stove, you should have a good supply of dry, seasoned wood.
- Have warm clothing and blankets on hand and stock non-perishable food items and necessary medications to last you and your family several days.
- Get ready for a power outage. Turn your heat up now and close off any rooms that are not in use.
- Check pipe insulation and allow water to run at a trickle to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Charge your battery-powered electronic and communications devices.
- Get out your flashlights, batteries, first aid kit and other emergency supplies.
- Don’t drive or go out unless absolutely necessary.
- Test all of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they work properly.
- Do not let candles burn unattended, and keep them away from combustibles.
- Check on your elderly or disabled neighbors, friends and families.
- Enjoy your family! Sometimes storms render the best family time memories.
Johnson & Rohan Insurance hopes everyone has a warm and safe Blizzard of ‘1
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